When we work together – As One – we can achieve so much more
My name is Rory, and I’m a GP partner and a public health doctor working in the UK.
This month, I’m asking my fellow health workers to stand As One with healthcare professionals around the world by donating medically related costs. The money raised through the campaign will help build capacity and empower colleagues abroad by enabling them to receive essential training and resources.
Examples of donations received so far:
- Fees for filling out a cremation form or locum work
- The price of a stethoscope or other medically related item
- Cost of a month’s medical insurance
- Medical magazine subscription cost
- Equivalent of a bottle of wine shared with a colleague
The conditions for many of the primary healthcare professionals Health Poverty Action works with are exceptionally challenging. Poverty, a lack of resources and geography all make it hard for primary healthcare professionals to reach the most isolated. But despite these challenges they, like us, are determined to deliver the best possible care to their patients.
‘Other difficulties we have is lack of the specialists….when there are problems we face it as general doctors, although we know it is not the same, we try…. We thank professionals from other countries to support us and worry about the health situation of our communities and God Bless’ Dr Norman Jefferson Zuniga White, Integral General Doctor, Nicaragua
‘Incapacity to afford health services is a real challenge for us to enjoy our work…..Baby Incubators are not really expensive (around £ 200) and now most of parts of the country have access to electricity however, only 21 district hospitals have incubators. It is more than hurting to attend more pre-mature deliveries than a number of incubators available. It leads to automatic death of some babies. I am a mother too! I understand what losing a baby means’ Chantal Mutarambirwa, Nurse at CHUK, Rwanda
The scale of the challenges facing poor communities is huge. However, if we come together As One, we can help address those challenges and stand with hundreds of healthcare professionals around the world.
‘I feel that the coordination with Health Poverty Action is important because it has helped us to give knowledge to the community network, which is made up of midwives and communities health leaders, so that they can help in cases of health difficulties in their communities. I would like to focus more on prevention and promotion by providing workshops so we can get ahead of the difficulties. Working in co-ordination we achieve much more impact and improve the health situations of communities.’ Carmen Ortiz, Nurse, Waspam Municipality, Nicaragua
I’ll be donating to the As One campaign this month, and I hope you will too.
Dr Rory Honney
BM BCh MA (Oxon)
MSc MRCP (London) MRCGP (UK)
GP Partner and Public Health Doctor
£82 could equip a health facility for a week with the essential drugs, tools and equipment needed to deliver emergency obstetric care.
£65 could pay for a midwife to attend a training session to enable her to better support and advise women on reproductive rights, family planning and HIV/AIDS prevention.
£49 could help fund a local radio advert to deliver vital health information to communities with high rates of illiteracy.
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