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Implementing Effective Improvement Strategies

To improve public health, one of important strategies is to promote modern medicine and scientific neutrality to drive the public health policy and campaign, which recommended by Armanda Solorzana, through the case study of the Rockefeller Foundation's hookworm campaign in Mexico in 1920S. In the case study, he points out that the public health policy can't just concern the politics or economic aspect. The reason behinds are that the government officer will hide the real numbers of people getting the disease in their regions for some politics purpose, such as election and get goodwill from their people. Thus, to have scientific neutrality in making public health policy is a very important since it can help to treat people who really needs, not the interests of politic and economic areas. Therefore, the author says it is important to get involve the scientific method to drive the public health policy. Thus, we know, to launch a effective public health campaign and policy, the government can't just consider their politic and economic aspect.


The history of public health care clearly shows the global effort to improve health care for all. However, in modern day medicine, real, measurable change has not been clearly seen, and critics argue that this lack of improvement is due to ineffective methods that are being implemented. As argued by Paul E. Farmer, structural interventions could possibly have a large impact, and yet there are numerous problems as to why this strategy has yet to be incorporated into the health system. One of the main reasons that he suggests could be the fact that physicians are not properly trained to carry out structural interventions, meaning that the ground level health care professionals cannot implement these improvements. While structural interventions can not be the only area for improvement, the lack of coordination between socioeconomic factors and health care for the poor could be counterproductive, and end up causing greater inequity between the health care services received by the rich and by the poor. Unless health care is no longer treated as a commodity, global public health can ultimately not be achieved. This being said, without changing the way in which health care is delivered to those who have less access to it, the universal goal of public health care cannot be achieved.

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