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Canada Specific Healthcare Question 5
How can Canada play a role in developing and aiding medical care in third world countries?
I believe that there are many things that Canada, and other developed countries, can do to help provide medical care in third world or underdeveloped nations, actions that centre around education as well as the physical provision of medical aid. In the short term, the supplying of medical equipment - such as first aid kits - and treatment would be extremely beneficial to such sub-Saharan and Asian countries that lack proper healthcare. Regarding treatment, vaccinations for life-threatening diseases that are prominent in these countries should be provided and administered by qualified healthcare professionals, for example those for polio or water borne conditions such as cholera, particularly as the water quality is often poor in these regions, exacerbating the spread of such diseases.
For the longer term, I believe that it is vital to educate individuals in these areas. It is unlikely that many health professionals from developed nations would be able to remain in third world countries to provide long term treatment, therefore being able to teach local communities how to remain healthy as well as supplying the material goods is essential. This could be through launching schemes or initiatives to educate those in these communities who wish to enter the healthcare profession, allowing the baton to be passed on as such and ensuring the sustainable provision of medical care.