Across the world, two and one half billion people live with uncorrected vision, 80% of whom reside in low resource settings. Beyond the cost of not being able to see the world clearly, uncorrected refractive errors (a major source of uncorrected vision) cost a global $227 billion dollars in lost productivity per year. Currently, there exists one solution that has yet not been explored which has the potential to radically lower the cost of corrective eyewear and leap across the urban-rural divide: pinhole glasses.
Dr. Suzanne Koven, primary care physician and Writer in Residence at Massachusetts General Hospital, discusses narrative medicine and the increasingly popular use of storytelling to benefit both patients and healthcare providers.
Social Media (#SoMe) has become a global phenomenon with more than 73% of adults actively engaged online. Specific to healthcare, these applications are being included with ever increasing frequency as a complement to both patient treatment and medical training. Furthermore, #SoMe has permitted medical innovators to transcend traditional limits and collaborate via methods previously unexplored. These platforms will only become more influential in the healthcare sector as more people around the world gain internet access.
The need to rehabilitate American infrastructure such as roads, bridges, and water systems is well recognized. These services are used daily by millions and impact the economy, health, and commerce of America. Likewise, primary care needs rehabilitation, investment, and much more public policy attention.
Vaccines can play a large role in promoting equity and reducing poverty. Researchers recently developed analytical methods to examine the potential distributional impact (across socioeconomic groups) and poverty reduction impact (decrease in the number of cases of medical impoverishment) of vaccines in low- and middle-income countries. Vaccines were found to have large pro-poor benefits: they could reduce health disparities in populations, as vaccine-preventable deaths averted would be more important among the lowest than among the highest socioeconomic groups; and, they could prevent a large number of cases of medical impoverishment, largely concentrated among the poorest socioeconomic groups. Vaccines could cost-effectively contribute to reducing health disparities and poverty in developing countries.