Frustrated with the lack of health care in homeless populations, Jim Withers, MD, decided to bring healing directly to the needy on the street.
In 1992, Dr. Withers started dressing as a homeless man to walk alleyways, search under bridges, and make undercover “house calls” wherever he could help the people of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
“By showing them that you’re actually willing to go under a bridge to visit them, you’re reinventing how health care can be done,” Dr. Withers said.
More than 30 million people are living with diabetes, a chronic disease where there is a high level of sugar in the blood.
Of those millions, nearly 28 percent do not know they even have this disease and are not caring for themselves properly. More than 7 million of people who have diabetes are undiagnosed, according to the 2017 National Diabetes Statistics Report.
Even though a chunk of the population deals with diabetes every single day, the general population knows little to no factual information about it. Did you know there is actually two types of diabetes?
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.