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Insights in Global Health
A Compendium of Healthcare Facilities and Nonprofits
Edited by: Ebby Elahi, M.D., M.B.A.
Insights in Global Health: A Compendium of Healthcare Facilities and Nonprofit Organizations is the most comprehensive index of critical information on healthcare facilities and nonprofits in 24 of the lowest income countries as classified by the World Bank. Presented in an easily accessible format and organized in 24 country chapters, the compendium allows stakeholders to better identify where healthcare services are available and where additional resources are needed.
About The Book
Today the global marketplace for delivery of targeted healthcare in resource-poor regions presents challenging barriers. That is to say, while human and capital resources available to care for underserved populations have increased, these resources remain unevenly distributed. The people and institutions that wish to deliver healthcare—volunteers, nonprofits, governments, the private sector—lack ready access to granular local data necessary to identify those most in need. Insights in Global Health: A Compendium of Healthcare Facilities and Nonprofit Organizations seeks to address this information asymmetry and thereby reduce the frictions that lead to inefficient delivery of services or disengagement.
Among the most comprehensive resources of its kind, Insights in Global Health presents a curated directory of nonprofits, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), hospitals, and healthcare facilities in 24 of the lowest-income countries as classified by the World Bank. Access to such data highlights areas that are underserved or in need of additional assistance. The content is classified by country and enhanced with custom maps and country overviews. Insights in Global Health was born out of Virtue Foundation’s considerable experience providing direct healthcare in resource-poor regions. For nearly 20 years, Virtue Foundation volunteers working in collaboration with local healthcare professionals have been providing surgical and medical services worldwide. During this time, much has been learned about the necessity for access to reliable targeted data as a means to provide efficient healthcare delivery.
Insights in Global Health is also an outgrowth of the Virtue Foundation Actionable Data Initiative. Harnessing advancements in technology and machine learning, the Foundation has created a first-of-its-kind mapping-and-matching global health platform for local nonprofits and healthcare organizations. This compendium represents the first product of this initiative, providing a curated view of demand-side data and enabling volunteer medical professionals, governments, and stakeholders to better identify where healthcare services are available and additional resources are needed. Each of the 24 chapters presents a brief country overview, a map depicting the locations of healthcare facilities, and a curated list of nonprofit organizations and healthcare facilities. QR codes associated with each listing link back to the web platform, providing access to further information about the organizations as well as the ability to interact with the data in a customizable manner.
Dr. Denis Mukwege, founder, Panzi Hospital and Nobel Peace Prize laureate
“Improving health care in resource poor environments requires close collaboration between international groups and local, on-the-ground medical professionals and institutions. Insights in Global Health is an invaluable resource for both parts of that equation and a sure way to advance the cause of better health across the planet.”
Philip J. Landrigan, M.D., M.Sc., FAAP, Director, Program for Global Public Health and the Common Good, Boston College; Editor-in-Chief, Annals of Global Health
“The global health landscape is complex. Thousands of organizations – UN agencies, religious groups, and nonprofits – support public health and provide health care in countries around the world. This remarkable book provides the first-ever map of this landscape. It is an essential guide.”
Andrea Jung, CEO and President, Grameen America
”Global development and sustainable progress depend on populations that are healthy and empowered. The data provided by Insights in Global Health can ensure that emerging countries have access to the healthcare required for long-term success.”
Stephen Colvin, CCO, Bloomberg Media
“One of the greatest promises of our technological age is the power of Big Data to improve health outcomes. By extracting insights from disparate data in innovative ways, Insights in Global Health is helping to create an “efficient market” for the delivery of healthcare in underserved regions at a time when the world needs it most.”
How to Use This Book
Insights in Global Health: A Compendium of Healthcare Facilities and Nonprofit Organizations is separated into 24 chapters representing 24 low-income countries. Each chapter opens with a country summary, a map indicating locations of major healthcare facilities and several key health indicators and trends.
Each chapter contains an alphabetical list of healthcare facilities operating in the corresponding country, followed by a list of nonprofit organizations.
Each listing is accompanied by a live QR code that can be scanned by a phone or tablet, which links back to a platform that holds more detailed information on both healthcare facilities and nonprofit organizations.
In addition to a QR code, each listing includes a short URL in the event scanning the QR code is not possible. This URL can be input into any browser and will redirect the user to the same platform linked through the QR code.