What are some of the major health issues facing the world population growth in the last 25 years?
Holtz (2012) describes the major health-related issues in the first chapter of the textbook. To summarize, one can review the list described as the Millennial Development Goals (MDG) created prior to 2000 but adopted by the World Health Organization (WHO) in 2000. The list provides a basis for the types of health-related issues that have faced the world since World War II. The MDGs are decreasing or getting rid of poverty and hunger, having a primary educational method, gender equality and empowering women, decreasing child mortality rates, improving mental health, combating infectious diseases, sustaining the environment, and developing global partnerships (p. 8).
The reason for focusing on these items is because world health stems from problems attributed to items and actions in the MDG list. The list was created to help combat the health issues that plague the world. Many of these issues are the product of poor countries that do not have the same services and opportunities as more developed countries. In addition, these issues come from the inequity of our healthcare systems around the world. However, it is this student’s opinion that we can try to correct the inequities, but it is more realistic to acknowledge that the dream could be impossible. That does not mean that, as a nation or a world, we would not try. All good efforts are appreciated as what would the world be like if we did not try to correct the situation, probably far worse.
Holtz, C. (2012). Global Health Care (2nd Edition). Jones & Bartlett Learning.