Community Health Promotion
Health care systems in many developing countries have shared characteristics. Government expenditures in poor countries are low for health care. The majority of people cannot easily reach a modern health facility. Most spending is for high-cost curative medicine and hospitals. Programs are often inefficient in their use of funds.
The tragedy of disease in developing countries is that many of the most serious problems are either preventable or curable by simple, inexpensive, safe methods. More than 70 percent of almost 11 million child deaths every year are attributable to six causes: diarrhea, malaria, neonatal infection, pneumonia, preterm delivery, or lack of oxygen at birth. These deaths occur mainly in the developing world. A3 bases all of its work in partnerships with local health providers to provide two-thirds of the needed services, including supervision of pregnancy, midwifery, care of new-born children, treatment of endemic diseases, and emergency care for needy people. In addition improvements in nutrition, hygiene, and sanitation are needed to reach the full health potential of most communities.
There are not many health insurance plans for the underprivileged community. They have to pay out of pocket if they need any medical treatment but due to the limited or no resources, the majority is unable to afford treatment expenses which include medical tests, medications, hospital stay and other expenses. It is almost impossible for someone who earns less than $2 a day to pay the hefty amount for medical relief. There is also lack of advanced medical facilities and medical professionals due to which lower-middle-class families are unable to avail treatment facilities.
Within this framework, we developed several community health programs and models. Each model is designed to reach a specific group of people, address a particular health issue and guide program development in a variety of settings. To create a local program, A3 works with community members and community organizations to select the most appropriate model and adapt it to the community and to local circumstances. The rationale behind this approach is that it would help overcome social variability and ensure that actions are most relevant to local conditions and needs.
We believe this is a good start. We aim to improve the quality of health services by promoting partnerships and strengthening collaboration between local and regional health providers. A3 organize and support health care programs in rural and urban areas to benefit the poor people in developing countries.
- Organizing free medical camps in different locations to take the medical facilities to the unreached. The package camps cover; Cardiology, Dental, Gynecology, Pediatrics, Ophthalmic, Dermatology, General Medicine,
- Rural or urban polyclinic (there are no advanced healthcare services in most urban and rural areas due to which majority of people traveling to a country other than their own to obtain medical treatment in their areas).
- Referral hospitals; in partnership with primary and secondary healthcare providers, referring patients to the hospitals with a well-functioning health care system at regional and international level.