Good health is something we struggle to understand the magnitude of its importance until we are without it. Yet, unfortunately for so many throughout the world, this is the reality they are faced with daily. Access to medical care can be extremely difficult to come by for many reasons and therefore leads to poor health outcomes for billions throughout the world. Through my Platform, Medicine without Barriers, I use my skills and talents as a Registered Nurse to help to eliminate the barriers of access to proper medical attention for under-served communities throughout the world.
What are barriers to access?
Anything that prevents a person from seeking the medical care that they require is considered a barrier to access. These can vary between countries, regions, and even within different socioeconomic systems. Yet, many of these can barriers can fall into one of these categories.
There are many different reasons that people cannot access healthcare, but with these examples I hope you might spot one or two ways we can help to eliminate these barriers. For example, in rural Uganda where I work as a medical missionary there are many streams that laboring mothers had to cross in order to reach our clinic. Due to the generous support of donors and volunteers, we were able to install “Momma Bridges”. These bridges were built over the streams to allow for safer and easier passage for our patients.
I hope together we can learn more about different steps we can take to ensure that those that are medically under-served and disadvantaged can feel safe, secure, and cared for when they seek out medical care.