Global Health - PART 4 Isokratia Global
Another priority is health research. Cancer, AIDS, are but a few of the areas in need of global research. With our more frequent human interaction through travellings, new viruses are forming, which spread faster and faster around the globe. They all need global-powered research, which lies beyond the affordability, of the majority of individual countries, or the commercial pharmaceutical organisations. Private pharmaceutical organisations need to see a return in their investments. This requirement frequently results in the un-affordability of their products by the majority of the public.
There are vast number of illnesses for which humans have developed the cure. Yet because is too expensive these cures whether medical or mechanical, are not made available to the public without the financial means. Such research development and cost of production if under the umbrella of a global health research organisation, can become vastly cheaper and affordable to the many. Such investment will see great numbers of saved lives. Even more important such health research will result in the betterment of the quality of life for those in need.
State and private sectors need to come together and lay down a global health program. A program on research and development, training and administration of health services around the globe. Activities which can not be afforded by single nations or organisations can be made affordable on a global level. Such activities can be located in low cost countries not just the advance economies.
National health, will soon no longer be the prime question. Global or international health, will be the primary importance. Diseases are already spreading globally. Patients are already travelling to and from country to country, in search of therapy and cure. Many are dying, just on the merits of financial inability to pay for such health care, be it therapeutic or preventative.
At the present state of affairs resources like hospitals and doctors may lie idle, or partially used in one country, whilst people are dying, on long waiting lists in another country. Don’t think that I am talking only for poor undeveloped countries. Now days ( it is now year 2002) this subject is daily on headlines in advance economies such as Britain. Yes people are dying on hospital trolleys because of luck of health resources.
We need to manage and harvest these resources in a global level, to a maximum effect to bring relieve of suffering to millions of people. I believe it to be a disgrace of our times when we have excess health services in some countries and regions and still allow people to suffer and die in other countries with shortage of health services.
Diseases, and new strains of illnesses, speedily spread from country to country. Global virus outbreaks, become more and more frequent. Remember the chicken bacteria epidemic in recent years. It begun in Hong Kong, but rapidly spread around the world. AIDS, no one even knows where it originated first. From which country it was exported. We suspect, we don’t know. Yet in no time it has spread worldwide.
Animal transmitted diseases like the mad cow and foot and mouth disease, can wipe out the whole live stocks of a country, or a region, whilst posing a threat to humans at the same time. The need for global health is not coming. It came long time ago.
What is delayed, what has not come as yet, is the long term, well planned, global health policy and activity. Unless we set up a global health organisation we will not come even close, to solving our global health problems. Unless we act now, we may not be able to face tomorrow’s health threats and challenges.