I love alliteration, and I love Sundays. Here’s to the start of a new series – Snapshot Sunday.
The ER team was treating this patient’s complicated tibia/fibula fracture when this image was captured. As a huge supporter of PIH’s work across the globe and their model of accompaniment, I felt this was the best way to start the series. While I haven’t yet had the privilege to visit Mirebalais, I have toured the Butaro Hospital in Rwanda and I am proud to raise funds for PIH’s life saving work.
For some more info on PIH, check out the following:
“Mountains Beyond Mountains”, by Tracy Kidder
While I’m a little late to post this news, the Lancet Global Health is available online for free. In addition, a parallel blog site is also available for discussions and posts on global health issues and published articles.
Really excited to have an online resource for notable research in the global health field.
I first learned about the growing necessity for NCD screening and care during my December 2011 trip to Rwanda with FACE AIDS and PIH.
At that point, the now-functioning Butaro Cancer Center of Excellence was a a work in progress. The Butaro Center, being rural East Africa’s first comprehensive cancer center, serves a symbol of what can be done with proper funding and will. Yet, this model and the growing recognition of NCDs as a major issue in resource limited areas, has brought one central question to the forefront of this movement: why isn’t chronic illness (such as cancer) screening integrated into primary care services in a more widespread, efficient manner?
While this question is one that I don’t have a solid answer for, I am using it as a framework for further research on this topic, and I invite you to do the same or take on some of the other recurring questions I’ve seen asked: What is the role of local educational institutions in creating cancer-care providers (such as oncologists, nurses, etc.) in order to allow long-term growth in cancer care infrastructure? Increasingly, how are non-profit organizations across the globe taking on provision of cancer-care and screening services, and what does the future of public sector-nonprofit sector partnerships in provision of these services look like?
For more in-depth, or area specific information on these topics, here are some potential links of interest:
HSPH Infographic: “Global Burden of Disease: Good News and Bad News”
the link between mental health and NCD care
the adoption of an omnibus resolution on NCDS at the World Health Assembly in May 2013
One example from Uganda of how organizations are increasingly getting involved in cancer care
The very complex topic of NCD screening and care provision, especially in resource limited settings, is one to watch.