1. Give a general overview of your original plan. What were the most critical public health issues to you, and how did you want to fix them? (1 sentence)
The initial plan discussed problems that stymie universal healthcare practices in different countries. Notably, high levels of illiteracy have been attributed to people’s ignorance of communicable and transferable diseases. Furthermore, the proposal looked at the current conflicts, especially in Syria, and how they affect global healthcare. As previously stated, wars result in the loss of a vital workforce and the closing of necessary health facilities, all of which contribute to a health crisis. I planned to address the global issues through knowledge empowerment and investing in manpower than can adequately cater for the health crisis in the world. Indeed, through a platform of shared knowledge between countries, there can be transformations in healthcare. The global issues would also be solved through improvement infrastructure. My proposal planned to initiate the advancement of technology that would aid in research and even the treatment of common ailments. Also, improvement in technology access can help connect workers, enhance surveillance and security for health workers and citizens.
2. Considering what you have learned throughout this course, what were the strengths and weaknesses of your original proposal? (2 paragraphs)
The project successfully managed to address factors that affect the global health funding. Brewis contends that most countries often find themselves in situations that deny them the opportunity to have an improved healthcare. The project also listed five priorities that would work towards alleviating a future crisis and streamlining the health sector. Some of the priorities include building hospitals, improving on technology, enhancing security, knowledge sharing among countries and building schools.
The original proposal failed to tabulate facts that would enable the policy makers dispense funds that would deal with the looming global health crisis. The proposal was based on assumptions and unproven facts that would not be considered credible for funding organizations like the world health organization and the international monetary fund.
3. Now that you have taken this course, a) how would you change your original proposal and b) why should your proposal change? Include evidence/support from course materials (readings/ lectures/ videos) that come from at least 3 separate modules to back up your new ideas or support your initial proposal. (3-5 paragraphs)
My proposal would take a more intricate study on the fights in the Middle East and how the countries can help militate against risks that are directed to the health sector. Allocating a lump sum amount of money on health resources and building schools without delving into details means that the money would not be effectively utilized and there is hence a need to come up with a new budget in the new proposal. I would change my proposal by addressing the actions that would be implemented and the organizations that would help deal with the crisis.
Indeed, Developing countries, especially those with decades of ongoing strife continue to face deadly diseases, terrorism, civil unrest, high maternal deaths and illiteracy. Hundreds of human rights workers are caught in the crossfire between radicals and the armed forces(Leach-Kemon, Chou, Schneider, Tardif, Dieleman, Brooks & Murray,2012). An acute under supply of human resources, healthcare supplies and the necessary health facilities in such countries is a serious global health issue. There is however a need to do more research on the exact incidences that need to be dealt with, the population under consideration and the exact funding that would help solve the health crisis.
Undeniably, when countries constantly engage themselves in wars and constant strife, then concentrating on such a country is considered a loss and hence many donors would rather avoid them altogether (McCoy,Chand& Sridhar, 2009). Moreover, ignorance can also be blamed for the many deaths that occur globally. When people have high illiteracy skills, they are likely to disregard any new information about a disease or even life threatening symptoms that they may be going through(Ravishankar, Gubbins, Cooley, Leach-Kemon, Michaud, Jamison & Murray, 2009).. In other case, medical institutions may lack information on how they can successfully acquire funding to improve their medical services.
4. What limitations of your new plan do you need to consider? (1 paragraph)
The new plan will take considerably more time to finish up and this may limit the time that would be used to come up with a comprehensive policy. There is therefore a need to come up with an objective that clearly outlines the time that should be taken while dong the research and the costs that would be incurred during the study.
5. What are some specific ethical or justice issues that may be associated with your proposal? (1 paragraph)
Getting exact details on the inefficiency of the global health funding may involve getting patient’s details which is unethical. Medical doctors are guided by a code of conduct that establishes the rules that they are to follow when dealing with patients. Companies may object a financial analysis of the money allocated to them meaning that there may lack clarity in the information used in coming up with the projects.
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