International, Domestic Investment To Support Health Care Transportation, Emergency Care Needed In LMICs, Medical Student Writes
Global Health NOW: When You Live Close to the Hospital, But Can’t Reach It in Time
Anudari Zorigtbaatar, medical student at McGill University
“…In fact, 5.8 million people die each year as a result of injuries — more than the fatalities associated with malaria, tuberculosis, and HIV/AIDS combined. Not to mention those who can’t even seek help and go uncounted. A country may have the best-trained doctors in the world, the most equipped facilities possible, but it is meaningless if patients can’t get to the hospital in time — which happens all too frequently in many developing countries. … [H]ealth systems should provide support at every point of access to health services, including prehospital care. Otherwise, LMICs will continue to lose 24 million lives annually due to conditions sensitive to emergency care. … The global community needs to support nations committed to establishing such frontline care. It is the foundation for an accessible health system that all other sectors can build upon…” (9/30).