Conducting an eye exam in Nepal, organizing medical outreach brigades to rural towns in Guatemala and assisting a dental clinic in Peru are just a few ways volunteers are helping understaffed medical facilities worldwide. Through the nonprofit organization A Broader View Volunteers, hundreds of health care professionals are contributing their skills to improve health in countries that lack properly trained staff and resources.
One pint of blood can save as many as three lives — but, blood transfusions can’t save lives if it is not easily accessible.
More than 90 percent of roads in Africa wash out each year, creating a hurdle between medical supplies and patients in need. Transporting blood from blood banks to hospitals and clinics in rural areas takes hours, if hospital workers can even reach the patient at all. The lack of adequate transportation, communication or infrastructure often leads to preventable deaths.One California-based company is fixing that issue and revolutionizing medical supply delivery.
Such was the motto of Mary Eliza Mahoney. Today, Mahoney isn't a household name like Florence Nightingale, the mother of modern nursing, or Mary Breckinridge, who pioneered the concept of family medical centers and health care in rural areas, — But she deserves the same recognition for her pioneering work in the profession.