The Economic Interplay on Global Health by Rachel Milar
Posted by benjamincrookston on August 12, 2008
As I just finished a project on nutrition in Mexico my mind was taken back to a trip I took to Roma Texas, an establishment of no more than 30 people, earlier this year. Roma Texas is hardly a pueblo in central Mexico, a dry and arid area. I went with a small NGO to help build a bathroom for a local school–an interesting project that exposed me, more than anything, to the poor people in rural Mexico. It was my first trip to Mexico, and going into it I assumed that the most shocking part of the trip for me would be the abject poverty the people lived in. Upon returning home I was surprised to realize that it was the lack of an economy that most stuck out to me. I was shocked at how little opportunity the people there had, simply because there was no economy in which to showcase whatever education they gained.
In the project I just worked on discussing malnutrition in Mexico, one area of concern was that though the people are improving their education, they have nothing to do with it. This is a fascinating aspect to any program throughout the world; ensuring that the education people gain through any program will be utilized. Health organizations obviously have an opportunity that they hopefully regard as a responsibility to educate people on health in general as well as specific health topics. In doing so they spark an interest in the people in furthering their own education, but they need to be careful in ensuring the people have something to do with that education; my fear and understanding is that there are far too many places across the globe like Roma Texas, where survival from day to day is the way everybody lives. As health organizations plan what programs they can implement to improve the health of specific groups of people, education and its use in the economy is a crucial characteristic to take into consideration. I certainly believe that education is a priceless gift for anybody; I now can see why the ability to use that education is also of significant importance.