Community Health Workers Are Vital; Governments Should Be Paying Them
Illness is universal, health care is not. Over half of the world’s 7.3 billion people, including 1 billion in rural communities, lack access to health care. Approximately 13 million children still go without a single dose of any vaccine. Nearly 9 million newborns, children and mothers still die each year from preventable or treatable conditions. Compounding this crisis is a massive health-worker shortage, forecast to grow to 18 million by 2030. Training more doctors is necessary, but because doctors are concentrated in cities, they alone are insufficient to close this gap. What if the residents of rural communities–even those without a high school degree–could become a vital part of our health care team? I recently visited Ruth Tarr in an isolated community in Liberia, the country where I was born and have worked with my team at Last Mile Health for 12 years. In sixth grade, Ruth was forced to drop out of school because her parents could no longer afford it. As an adult, she could not find work–until 2016, when she was hired as a community health worker. Over a few weeks, a nurse trained Ruth, equipped her with medicine and supplies–like a handheld test for malaria, antibiotics to treat pneumonia, and contraceptives–and gave her a smartphone with video lessons on topics like assessing a child for malnutrition. Ruth now serves the daily health needs of her neighbors. When a patient has a condition Ruth can’t care for–like a pati...
Publication date: Available online 11 December 2019Source: Methods in MicrobiologyAuthor(s): Sukhadeo B. Barbuddhe, Jess Vergis, Deepak B. RawoolAbstractBrucellosis, caused by Brucella species, is a neglected, under reported and under recognized infection of worldwide distribution. Owing to its greater economic and zoonotic importance, control of brucellosis is a priority target set forth by the WHO and development agencies. The genus Brucella is comprised of 12 species. The four main species infecting humans and livestock populations include B. melitensis, B. abortus, B. suis, and B. canis. Brucellosis is a cause of acute...
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