Health Care Is In Crisis
In the prevailing ‘parachute model’ of global health, tools are ‘dropped in’…tools like HIV medications and western treatment protocols. Although interventions may lead to short-term gains, they ultimately leave communities feeling fragmented, dependent, and ineffective.
The parachute model has no consideration for:
- Existing health systems or community health concerns
- Health care workers’ ability to utilize tools
- Patients’ ability to integrate tools into their lives
The way the international community has approached global health has been flawed.
“Top-down” Models Don’t Work
Patients around the world are not getting the care they need because their health care providers are suffocated by the top-down government requirements that pay the bills. National and international health standards rarely address the socioeconomic barriers to good health for vulnerable populations. NGOs working in health care provide direct services and brief trainings that fail to integrate local health priorities and do not lead to improved long-term health outcomes. What they leave behind, both material and theoretical, is not being integrated into local care systems.
Local Leadership is Essential
Governments and NGOs alike fail to recognize the central importance of on-the-ground health care providers in finding solutions to our global health problems. Ultimately, high-level decision makers and health care workers on the ground have the same goal: a healthy populace.
International Guidelines are Vital
They establish protocols and standards that ensure consistent high-quality care. But only local communities truly understand the barriers to providing, receiving, and sustaining this care.
The Ihangane Project integrates global knowledge with local understanding.
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