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Keywords:

  • global health;
  • health education;
  • access to medical and health services;
  • natural-disasters;
  • vulnerable populations;
  • integrating efforts;
  • priority setting and scarce resource allocation;
  • disparities and health

Abstract

The world socio-economic situation contributes to increasing poverty, disparities and poor accces to health. Rising poverty levels and disparities continue to slow, and in some cases negate, the hard won achievement in global health. Natural disasters are also on the rise, killing people, destroying services, communities and medical infrastructure, and further exacerbating the plight of the poor and already medically underserved populations. A more efficient use, collaboration and integration of national and international medical and health resources and services will help improve health in vulnerable populations.