One of the biggest challenges for health in the developing world is the shortage of skilled health workers.
According to the World Health Organization, there is a shortage of over four million skilled health workers globally. Areas of the world that have the highest burden of disease suffer from the most severe shortage of physicians.
In remote and underserved areas, health clinics serving entire communities are typically run by one or two frontline health workers. Many of these individuals do not have the level of training required to treat complex medical issues such as cardiovascular disease and other chronic illnesses. Community health workers,nurses, and frontline physicians are often tasked with the responsibility of providing care that requires specialty expertise. . Patients requiring more advanced care are faced with the burden of traveling long distances to receive appropriate treatment.
The human resources for health crises is a challenge many communities in resource limited settings are faced with. Developing and nurturing a health workforce with the capacity to provide quality care is a constant struggle.
One approach to tackling this issue is implementing strategies to train and empower frontline health workers. We, at the Addis Clinic, utilize telemedicine technology to connect frontline health workers with a network of physicians who are willing to dedicate their expertise to communities thousands of miles away.