Due to our current international community’s global health problem, Ebola, it is vital that we maintain assistance from international health organizations today. In the early 1990s, the World Health Organization and with its assistance from other world powers and their agencies, like the United States, the Center for Diseases Control and private sectors contributed greatly to the funding of these diseases.
However, due to attempting to fund of the largest diseases in the international community, most of its funding was spent and the WHO argued that there were other important diseases to address, for example the Child Diarrheal Disease Control. Although there were other health concerns to address at the time, HIV/AIDS was one of the most concerning and because of directing its funds towards other cases, the WHO has stepped back. When we view an international health organization, the international community puts those issues first because its concerns the population as whole. Up to this date, the U.S. remains one of the largest contributors to global health issues. The United States remains one of the largest donor government’s escalating to 27 percent of 1.6 million dollars according to the Existential Challenges to Global Health.
These health issues are only going to be an issue if the WHO or any other health organization does not contribute to its funding or development of certain diseases, like how Ebola is affecting our community today. It is true to state that In Fox’s article We Need More” Fight Against Ebola Virus Thin on the Ground, Fox states that the vision of obtaining assistance from health care workers, equipment, medications and vaccines, has not been a sufficient amount of assistance.
Although, there was a shift in what health issues the community was attempting to solve, it is important that the focus of where to assist isn’t one directed towards more than the other, Ebola currently is the most important issue to address, but most importantly the underlying reasons why diseases in specific regions are continuously being spread. These diseases are spreading because these countries do not have structure in their governance dictating the solution to their community. Most of these areas of the world are in extreme poverty and the region itself needs to chance including infrastructure, roads and buildings. It is all linked together. Roads are there for people to transport to hospitals and buildings are there so that the people can come to a sanitary and safe place to get treated for their conditions. It is vital that there is a focus on chronic diseases, like Ebola and that the international community takes affirmative action. In order to tackle these diseases, it is important that organizations dealing with food security and climate change also take part in this progression. There has only been an increase in funding through donations but the transformation of the community is what is most challenging. While Fox states that materials and resources need to be in place, the most important transformation will be the change in the community through governance and infrastructure. As donors we are able to facilitate where the money goes but if we don’t direct it towards the safety of the community then people will remain being treated in the center of their disease.