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Investing in a Healthy Future

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By Charles Redding

2017 has been a difficult year for many. Outbreaks of infectious diseases like cholera and diphtheria have ravaged medically underserved communities in multiple countries. Poor healthcare in refugee camps has caused complications for pregnant mothers fleeing dangerous areas. The distribution of a faulty vaccine has left children in the Philippines at greater risk for Dengue Fever. Millions of women and infants continue to die from preventable causes related to pregnancy and childbirth. The cascade of natural disasters this fall, and the difficult recovery since, has left many communities unsure of what the new year holds.

In the wake of these public health crises, it is our responsibility as members of the global health community to renew our commitment – and investment – in a healthier future for these communities, and the world as a whole. To understand what we have the capacity to accomplish, let’s take a look back at some of what our investments in global health have achieved:

 

 

None of these achievements would have been possible without the cooperation and hard work of the global health community. It often takes many years to see the results of public health initiatives, but they are overwhelmingly positive. Global health efforts are on the cusp of eradicating polio, eliminating Guinea worm disease, and vastly improving healthcare for people living on less than a dollar a day. And the incredible thing is that, now more than ever, we have the capacity to achieve lofty goals. The tools, technology, and information available to us today equip us better than ever before to tackle these challenges. We must build stronger partnerships, share resources, and help each other reach goals that would have seemed impossible a generation ago. As we work together for long-term and sustainable solutions, we build a future that will allow the generations who come after us to solve even greater problems. Our work today will change the world that our children, and their children, live in.

So as the old saying goes, the best time to plant a tree is 20 years ago, the second-best time is now. Invest in a healthier future now, and you’ll have the privilege of watching your efforts grow.

 


Photo Above: This year, because of the generosity of our donors and supporters, MedShare was able to invest more than $20 million in the future of the communities we serve. Read about the patients served, healthcare providers equipped, and lives improved in our 2017 Annual Report.

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