Charity work is not an easy task. You must give service to people that need you the most and device ways for help to reach them.
Health is an essential aspect of life; thus, many charitable institutions focus on this aspect. One of the challenges of bringing charitable work closer to people in need is inaccessibility. Some places are located in far-flung areas and are difficult to reach. As a result, people in these areas do not have access to health services. This condition usually results in a high mortality rate and a high risk of health dangers.
For charitable institutions which direct their efforts to these areas, telemedicine offers them significant help. Telemedicine is the use of electronic communications, such as teleconferencing or image sharing. It is the process of delivering quality healthcare to remote areas through technology. Through telemedicine, charitable institutions can augment and provide health care for areas that are unreachable or lacks access to these services.
Telemedicine has proven itself to improve lives in these four ways:
First, it connects thousands of patients in developing countries to physicians that can provide them health care services. It is a fact that some areas don’t have doctors. If a doctor is present, the physician cannot accommodate everyone because of the high number of patients.
With telemedicine, physicians will be able to provide health services through electronic devices. For example, Liquid Telecom in Kenya is being used to connect the largest hospital of Mombasa to seven outreach centers in the coastal region.
In an area where poverty is rampant, eliminating travel costs to go to a hospital is already a big help.
Maternal and Neonatal Care
Telemedicine is also used to bridge maternal and neonatal care. Last 2015, 830 women die per day because of pregnancy complications. With telemedicine, it is hoped that these deaths will be reduced, especially when women will be given access to physicians that will provide them with medical advice.
In sub-Saharan Africa, telemedicine has been utilized to improve maternal health care. A text-messaging application called the Gifted Mom is being used to connect doctors to women from rural villages in Cameroon. Both the application and the advice won’t entail any cost.
Telemedicine can also help prevent infant blindness. In India, 8% of the 30 million births per year are identified to be at risk for infant blindness or what is known as Retinopathy of Prematurity (ROP).
What is crucial with this condition is that the opportunity for treatment is only within three days. With telemedicine, technicians can go to rural areas with retinal cameras, capture images of these premature children and share them through telePACS. Qualified physicians will then provide their feedback, therefore, increasing the chances that this condition will be prevented.
HIV Treatment and Prevention
Telemedicine can also be used in the treatment and prevention of HIV. The condition has been increasing at alarming rates worldwide. With this increasing threat, telemedicine needs to reach rural areas so people from there can avail of HIV testing.
Those who will test positive can then be given immediate medical treatment. Telemedicine is indeed a great help for charity work. By bridging the gap between the need for healthcare and the service of physicians, it will be able to improve the quality of life of its beneficiaries.
The work of charitable institutions is made more comfortable with the help of technology. Being able to save someone’s life is the best reward a volunteer can have when doing charitable work in this field. Telemedicine shows a lot of promise right now and it is expected to save more lives in the future.