Why is there a global need for what the Sadanah Foundation offers?
Healthcare: a human right, or a luxury?
Healthcare around the world is efficiently inefficient.
With innovations in medical devices and bio-pharmacology, such as 3D biologic-printing and a newly found cure for hepatitis c, healthcare advancements are developing exponentially. Yet, in Sub-Saharan Africa there are still outbreaks of polio. Polio, a disease that was ‘eliminated’ decades ago. If so, why the outbreaks? Why has it truly not been eradicated from our planet? Why has this subset of the population not been reached? Is this disregard or the inability to facilitate collaborations of existing resources to allow appropriate usage and sustain access to all populations?
In the United States, there are state of the art ambulances yet, children die of penetrating chest trauma in the South Side of Chicago as it can take 30 minutes, sometimes longer, to reach a Level I trauma center. In the county hospitals of almost any big city in the US, pathologies can be so far advanced that they are no longer operable and palliation is the only option.
Healthcare IS a luxury. It should be a right.
The Constitution of the World Health Organization enshrines “…the highest attainable standard of health as a fundamental right of every human being.” The right to health includes access to timely, acceptable, and affordable, health care of appropriate quality. The dominant burden of health problems tends to be endured by vulnerable and marginalized groups in societies.
Health care is necessary, but it is not sufficient.
Improving access to quality health care for low resource areas without providing a means to eliminate the adversities of a limited education is futile; In education lies the solution to not only improving the utilization of healthcare and health itself, but improving the self-efficacy, socioeconomic status, and the resilience of vulnerable populations and societies in any low or high resource area.
Even with the same access to healthcare, populations with fewer years of education have worse health outcomes than those with more years of education.
The Sadanah Foundation aims to build sustainable access to health care and education in low resource settings. We aim to maneuver the current, disparate infrastructure and resources to maximize delivery of existing and essential healthcare service with cultural sensitivity and through an economically appropriate model. Initially, we plan to fund these ventures to accomplish the above, however with the goal to achieve self-sustainability in low resource setting.
To facilitate access to healthcare and to allow populations to utilize resources to preserve and improve their health, we need to evaluate:
- Adequate supply of services
- Utilization through: affordability, physical accessibility and acceptability (organizational, social or cultural)
- Relevant and effective services to the population
- Equity of access