Understanding Global Health, and how it is Reshaping Health Training - A Review
Global health though seen by a few authors as a bid by
the WHO to reposition itself and survive changing times, is now being grasped
as critical to addressing existing and emerging global health threats as a
result of globalization. The world is increasingly “shrinking” as migration and
trade patterns take a dimension that makes the world seem like a global
village. While this has it economic benefits it is creating new threats as
communicable infections are transmitted from region to region sometimes in a
matter of a day. Health threats in a region can be a global concern at any
given time; it is therefore necessary that health personnel are effectively
equipped to handle such scenario as and when they occur. It is important that training
programs are responsive to the changing health challenges and position
themselves to offer health training programs that ensurehealth professionals
are adequately prepared to address contemporary health threats.
a “shrinking world” health threats can end up being major catastrophe without
timely intervention. This review delves into the need to ensure that health
care professionals are equipped to effectively handle conditions that
previously were not akin to their country. Training of health care workers must
therefore be responsive to changing global trends with the realization that
even in the developed nations, health promotion will only be successful if the
health threats and shared risks from less developed nations are adequately
addressed. Furthermore health action must be executed with an understanding of
intricate cultural practice and other psychosocial economic factors that impact
health. In essence it is not so much what Global health is defined as that
matters but the realization that globalization is a powerful force that is
impacting the health scenario and we must ensure health programs equip health
workers by changes that address curricula, exposure to international training,
collaborations, funding and relevant programs. These will not only provoke
interest in global heath practice but ensure that we are adequately prepared to
face the contemporary global health challenges.
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