VOICES FROM THE FIELD
Amresh, Health Provider
Devender, Health Patient
The problem is simple: people in rural, underserved communities in developing countries struggle to get timely, often lifesaving, healthcare.
Many factors contribute to this problem, including that these communities are often geographically isolated and hard-to-reach. Transportation to and from these communities may be difficult and time-consuming. This isolation makes it challenging to build reliable supply chains to move medications and laboratory testing information and samples and for people in these communities to follow-up on healthcare referrals.
Because it is difficult to obtain healthcare, people in these communities often seek healthcare only when their need for it is dire. They may forgo important preventive care, including prenatal care or early treatment for infections, which can make health problems worse. Too often, the care they receive is of poor quality or offers a bad patient experience, which discourages them from seeking needed care.
Many of the clinics that offer care for underserved communities are government supported and inefficient or run by non-governmental institutions that are reliant on donor-funding and therefore, not a sustainable approach.
World Health Partners aims address these challenges head on and build models that offer sustainable solutions for delivering healthcare in underserved communities.