In an opinion piece today for Reuters, Michele Barry, MD, senior associate dean for global health and director of the Center for Innovation in Global Health at Stanford, argues that Internet access should be a top priority on the humanitarian agenda for developing countries. Rather than viewing technology as a next step beyond basic human necessities, she references several ways the Internet powers tools to improve diagnosis, communication and treatment of medical issues, and supports food and clean water initiatives.
The whole piece is worth a read.
Previously: It’s a small world after all: Global health field takes off in the U.S., Saving lives with low-cost, global health solutions, Ethics for medical students and researchers overseas: A talk by Michele Barry and A packed Stanford agenda on global health issues
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