Challenges providing adequate health care in underdeveloped countries
Many People, Most Of Them In Tropical Countries Of The Third World, Die Of Preventable, Curable Diseases. . . . Malaria, Tuberculosis, Acute Lower-Respiratory Infections—In 1998, These Claimed 6.1 Million Lives. People Died Because The Drugs To Treat Those Illnesses Are Nonexistent Or Are No Longer Effective. They Died Because It Doesn’t Pay To Keep Them Alive.Ken Silverstein, Millions For Viagra. Pennies For Diseases Of The Poor, The Nation, July 19, 1999.
Unfortunately, Since 1998, Little Has Changed. For Many Individuals Living In Impoverished Underdeveloped Countries, Even Basic Medical Care Is Difficult To Obtain. Although International Agencies Sponsor Outreach Programs And Corporations, And Although Nonprofit Organizations Donate Goods And Services, The Level Of Health Care Remains Far Below What Is Necessary To Meet The Needs Of Struggling Populations. Polluted Water Supplies, Unsanitary Conditions, And Poor Nutrition Only exacerbate the poor health prevalent in these environments. Nurses working in developed nations have many opportunities/advantages that typically are not available to those in underdeveloped countries.