Global health is trending.
Recently I attended the 6th annual global health conference in Boston hosted by the Consortium of Universities for Global Health.
This is a giant experiment in knowledge transfer. Universities in developed economies partnering with medical centres in low and middle income countries (LMICs) to exchange ideas.
The objective of helping those in resource constrained countries is noble. However, there are many obstacles to overcome.
I met a doctor from Kenya who had an advanced immuno-histochemistry machine in his lab to test patients with cancer; however, he had run out of reagent and could not afford to buy more.
The universities were challenged with the implementation of their programs. Context was everything. The programs had to be redesigned in order to overcome the local barriers in the LMICs.
And even with the redesign of the programs, it was disheartening to see the ultimate and pervasive deal breaker- lack of funds.
The momentum behind this initiative is awe inspiring and the commitment to succeed is impressive; however, progress will be measured in decades as these LMICs move toward equal care for all their citizens.