Limited access to healthcare and health workers excludes men, women and children from basic educational and professional opportunities and debilitates communities: without good health, people cannot move themselves and their families out of poverty.
Behind each of these statistics is a human face. Picture a two-year-old playing around a flame in rural Nicaragua, where open fire cooking is common. Imagine a young man studying in his kitchen, moments before a devastating earthquake destroys his neighborhood in Haiti. Think of a first-time mother, alone and miles from care in the Nigerian countryside. When the toddler trips and falls into the fire…after the young man is pulled from the rubble…once the young mother starts to hemorrhage, their needs are clear. The question is: who will be there to help them?
Through our work, Physicians for Peace seeks to remove the burdens of disease and disabilities of patients and to ensure that local healthcare teams are trained and ready to support them throughout their recovery.