Global Medic Force is the global leader in clinical skills rapid transfer to emerging nations, and started deployment operations in Vietnam in 2002. Since then working in partnership with the government of Vietnam and groups such as Harvard, FHI, PEPFAR and HEDO, Global Medic Force continues to be the standard by which all other institutions in this field are judged globally.
Global Medic Force is also at the leading edge of integrated healthcare solutions ranging from public-private partnerships, epidemiological strategic intervention and vertical envelopment of systemic healthcare delivery platforms.
Research studies show categorically that the addition of Global Medic Force clinical skills rapid transfer to any healthcare intervention program, produces on the ground metrics of an increase in efficacy of 100%.
As many of you know, South East Asian nations have only 11% of the world’s physicians but suffer the highest disease burden in the world (29%).
Combined with the new global chronic disease pandemic sweeping emerging nations, especially in South East Asia, this situation is catastrophic and means that up to 72% of all deaths in countries like Vietnam are now from entirely preventable causes.
Clearly this situation is completely unacceptable, not only to those of us inclined to do something to help, but specifically to those less fortunate who have continuously demonstrated an overwhelming desire to help themselves.
Vietnam is one such country that seeks to help its own people with our assistance.
The people of Vietnam do not see charity as an entitlement, but as a bond of respect transcending national barriers and cultures.
Global Medic Force utilizes 1,700 volunteer Western medical experts to train colleagues in emerging nations across 5 continents, and for 10 years we have been bridging the physician supply gap by improving accuracy and effectiveness of diagnosis and treatment by local healthcare workers working within their professional scope and knowledge.
This has saved millions of lives, including in Vietnam, over the last 10 years.
Indeed, recent metric analysis at the Foundation For Professional Development shows that the overall effectiveness of Global Medic Force programmes exceed all other similar initiatives by over 100% in efficacy.
As the result, our revolutionary work has been presented at institutions as diverse as the World Health Organisation, the United Nations, Oxford University, Harvard University, the Royal Geographical Society, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, the British House of Commons, the Aspen Institute, the Geneva Health Forum, the Health Work Force Alliance, Duke University, Renaissance Weekends Group, Brown University, UCSF, UCLA, Columbia University, USAID, The Social Venture Network, Yale University, Brown University, the International AIDS Conference, the Global Health Council etc. and is also now being presented at the 2012 Family Medicine Global Health Conference in Minneapolis in September.
Links to this latest presentation will be posted as they become available.
Please note that all donations to Global Medic Force are matched 300% by host nations and volunteers in kind, and an additional 100% cash matching donation is now very generously available from a highly appreciated anonymous supporter for anyone who signs up to a monthly recurring donation to Global Medic Force through the GlobalGiving portal.
Global Medic Force's Chair and CEO, Dr. Marie Charles, was recently given the honor of speaking at the Royal Geographical Society's 21st Century Challenges Series on Global Health. Dr. Charles discussed how the lack of primary healthcare delivery platforms denies access to care for over 5 billion people globally and offered sustainable and workable solutions that are not based on charity. The anecdote of the "village of the pigs" (in middle of the talk) is worth waiting for as it is THE metaphor for equitable access to healthcare in emerging nations today.....
The talk is available here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8BcwCuJixyc
A related interview with Dr. Charles about global healthcare is also available on BBC: http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b01cv91p/Excess_Baggage_Medics_abroad_The_Oscars/
When Global Medic Force began working in Vietnam in 2002, the main focus of our efforts involved HIV and infectious diseases healthcare capacity building programs. Since then, Global Medic Force’s work has expanded to include cancer care, diabetes, cardiovascular and other chronic diseases. However, HIV/AIDS work remains critically important in this country of over 86 million people.
The HIV epidemic in Vietnam is still in a concentrated phase, with the highest prevalence rates found in injecting drug users, female sex workers, and men who have sex with men (the national HIV prevalence rate is 0.4% or approximately 280,000 people). In the last few years, there has been much progress in the country’s HIV response. While only 30% of those who needed antiretroviral treatment (ART) were receiving it in 2007, that number increased to over 50% in 2009. Pediatric HIV treatment and prevention of mother to child transmission services are also improving.
There has also been a significant focus on HIV prevention. The implementation of a methadone maintenance program has been particularly important in Vietnam, since HIV continues to be spread mainly among people who inject drugs and then who pass it on to their sexual partners and children.
The continued progress in the country’s HIV/AIDS program is a reminder of the importance of mentoring and training. Jane Whitney is a Physician Assistant who has participated in Global Medic Force’s mentoring programs in Lesotho, South Africa, and Vietnam. During her work in Vietnam, she mentored the doctors who would be supervising HIV/AIDS treatment for the first time. In her view, the biggest change for local physicians was from short-term to long-term, chronic care. “They were used to curing the immediate problem,” said Whitney. “You can understand that they practice medicine like that. They don’t have the whole armamentarium of medicines that we do; they concentrate on the things they can do right now.” But for AIDS drugs, she said, “someone will be on this for life. You need to plan for that. It takes another mindset.”
Ultimately, that’s why mentoring programs work. By changing mindsets and leaving behind local health workers who have the skills, knowledge, and desire to provide long-term care, a system is created that lasts long after the mentor leaves.
It is with the greatest of pleasure that we are introducing our new Global Medic Force website, which may be viewed at: www.globalmedicforce.org/
The new site was commissioned with a brief to set a new and higher standard for all social ventures in healthcare globally to follow.
We are also very pleased to announce the successful launch of a public-private partnership initiative, The Journal of Medicine Long Life Clinics (Vietnam), which is being developed to allow every medical doctor working in Vietnam completely free, direct access in Vietnamese and English to $6.5 billion of the most professional medical expertise and knowledge globally, provided by 1,700 committed and highly qualified medical experts from 17 Western countries. Examples for Vietnam completed to Stage one may be viewed at: www.longlifeclinics-vn.com
Corporate membership is now open for the Vietnamese Journal of Medicine platform for those of you with contacts in companies or organisations that may wish to join as corporate co-sponsors, so that their commitments to the Vietnamese people and corporate social responsibility are properly recognised and fully appreciated. Please contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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