If you haven’t got your health...
Living in Canada, we take for granted our access to good, affordable healthcare. In many countries, millions of people suffer because they cannot access the healthcare they need, or because paying for health services pushes them into poverty.
Access to health care is a major issue, especially in rural communities where the nearest doctor or nurse can be more than a day's walk away.
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Shortage of Health Workers
There are simple solutions for most global health problems, but there is a serious shortage of the right kind of health personnel to teach basic health care and provide health services.
Pneumonia, diarrhea and malaria combined are the major killers of children under five. The solutions are known and simple: anti-biotics, breastfeeding, oral rehydration salts and mosquito nets.
HIV / AIDS
HIV/AIDS is still a major killer of adults and children, especially in Africa. HIV Positive pregnant mothers who do not have access to HIV drugs are likely to transmit the virus to their babies during pregnancy and birth.
Malnutrition makes all the other health problems worse. If you already malnourished and you get diarrhea or malaria your chances of survival are much less. Distribution of capsules of Vitamin A twice a year to children under five reduces their chance of dying by almost 25%.
Because so many villages are without properly trained midwives or health professionals, many women around the world still die while giving birth.
Shortage of Drugs and Supplies
Many countries cannot afford to buy the drugs to supply their health clinics. Often the systems are not in place to get the supplies to remote clinics.
Questions about Health
- What is the number-one global health concern today?
- Why is it so difficult to get aid to the regions that need it most?
- What is the most deficient health resource around the world?
- How do Canadian health services compare to those around the world?
- What can we do to help?
Resources for Grades 7-12
Information on the environmental and local-health benefits of eco stoves. Source: Change for Children
Lesson plans and case studies addressing the impacts of malaria as a global health concern.
This resource package explores the topic of global child health and survival. Source: Canadian Paediatric Society
Links to Partner Resource Libraries
Links to more Educational Materials KGG Partner? Country Change For Children yes Canada
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How to Take Action
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