Prevent and Cure
World Policy Journal - Volume 27, Issue 2 - Summer 2010
Available free online at: http://bit.ly/b1exIc
To Protect & Cure
“………..For more than two millennia, physicians have been healing patients—pledging to protect and cure under the terms set forth by the oath Hippocrates crafted nearly 500 years before Christ.
Today, doctors have at their disposal methods of diagnosis and treatment unparalleled in the history of mankind. We can cure blindness, scan the brain and operate on a beating heart. And yet, there has never been such disparity between the care that is possible and the care that most people on earth receive. How our medicine is distributed—the treatment and personnel necessary to deliver it—is one of the greatest challenges facing the world today. The challenges are scientific, political, social, religious and economic—after all, healthy people are happier and more productive, and the benchmark of a successful society.
To explore these issues, we first turned to a panel of specialists, asking them to and how can it be solved?” We then took a close look at tuberculosis in “Anatomy of a Pandemic.” Once thought to be almost eradicated, today TB is sweeping the planet; our infographic explains why.
For two personal messages, we asked Qanta Ahmed, an Islamic physician who has practiced everywhere from
To paint a broad portrait of health care around the globe, we identified three nations that deliver health care at dramatically different per capita expenditures each year—
From London, Paula Park weighs in with an investigation into the dark world of counterfeit drugs and the distributors who prey on the least advantaged and most desperately ill. Public health and sanitation—especially their absence or abuse—are significant contributors to health crises, so Frankie Freeman describes Ghana, a nation that should be one of Africa’s success stories but is not.
Finally, for our Conversation, we turn to Dr. Sam Zaramba,
The Big Question: What is the Most Pressing Health Crisis and How can it be Solved?
Devi Sridhar, Ernest C. Madu, Jeffrey L. Sturchio, Adel Mahmoud, Ariel Pablos-Méndez, Guy Carrin, Benjamin Mason Meier, Michael E. Gyasi
Anatomy of a Pandemic Tuberculosis Today
The Next Pandemic
John M. Barry
Bitter Pills: Islamist Extremism at the Beside
Qanta A. Ahmed
There Are No Quick Fixes
Dr. Sam Zaramba, chairman of the executive board of the World Health Organization (WHO) and served as the Director General of Health
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