The Developing Health Globally program targets high-priority health needs including maternal and infant care, emergency care, surgical care, biomedical practice, safe water and education.
The Developing Health Globally program strives to improve access to quality healthcare in communities throughout the developing world. Building on the infrastructure upgrades provided to district level hospitals and clinics, DHG centers on capacity-building, skills development and process improvement in six key areas to improve access to healthcare delivery and drive better outcomes for community members.
The Need: Approximately 800 women – most in poor rural communities – die each day from complications during pregnancy and childbirth.
The Response: DHG is actively working with hospitals and health centers to improve maternal and infant survival rates by:
The Need: In sub-Saharan Africa, WHO estimates that as much as 70 percent of laboratory and medical equipment is partially or completely out of service.
The Response: DHG is tackling this problem in resource-poor settings by:
The Need: Timely access to emergency care can reduce seven of the 15 leading causes of death in middle- and low-income countries.
The Response: DHG is helping ministries of health build Emergency Medicine capacity to treat acutely ill patients in district hospitals by:
The Need: According to WHO, simple surgery can prevent death and permanent disabilities resulting from road traffic injuries, abdominal emergencies, pregnancy complications, congenital abnormalities, acute infections, fractures, burns, interpersonal violence and war. WHO attributes these conditions to approximately 11 percent of total healthy years lost.
The Response: DHG is driving improvements in district hospital surgical capacity by:
The Need: A 2007 UNICEF study states that educated women are less likely to die in childbirth and are more likely to send their children to school. In addition, the under-five mortality rate falls by about half for mothers with primary school education.
The Response: In targeted communities surrounding partnering district hospitals, DHG has sponsored education programs to ensure girls and other vulnerable children have access to education by:
The Need: WHO and UNICEF estimate that more than 780 million people use unsafe drinking water sources.
The Response: DHG is improving access to safe drinking water for hospitals and clinics across the developing world by: