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  • Writer's pictureYosan Amanuel

The Lack of Healthcare Resources in Third World Countries

Every year, 2.9 million people die from the lack of access to healthcare resources. Resources can range from money for equipment and medicine to the foundation and base of the country. This mainly stems from poverty, which is one of the most significant causes of healthcare resources.

According to Orbisbio, “lack of knowledge, lack of medical practitioners and lack of resources” are factors of access to healthcare resources. Because of the lack of knowledge in third world countries, medical practitioners don’t know how to stop preventable disease or treat the condition. In Papua New Guinea, only 24% of healthcare workers knew how to treat and diagnose malaria correctly. In Pakistan, only 56% of providers met a diagnostic standard for viral diarrhea, and 35% met the standard for treatment of viral diarrhea.

The lack of medical practitioner’s is due to the fact that when medical practitioners are well educated in their field, they tend to go to wealthier countries with a better work environment and wages. Another one of Orisibio's quotes include him saying that “According to a 2004 bulletin of the world health organization, nursing vacancies in Canada and the United Kingdom led to a considerable increase in the number of nurses leaving the Philippines and some African countries.” This is also another significant causation of the lack of resources because all practitioners, who can help stop preventable diseases and help those who are ill, are gone. It leads to more of a spread of diseases and people dying as well as healthcare systems failing to align practitioners with measuring clinical practice. According to NCBI, “increasing evidence, much of it developed since the mid-1990s, shows that quality can be improved rapidly. Indeed better quality can improve health much more rapidly than can others of drivers of health, such as economic growth, educational advancement, or new technology.” With months of practicing better quality, the country all around can grow.

Those are huge factors in the lack of healthcare resources in third-world countries and how those factors contribute to the overall country, and what they can do to educate practitioners on their clinical practice qualities.

Works Cited

Butler, Amanda. “Underdeveloped: Healthcare in Developing Nations.” Orbis Biosciences, 14 Oct. 2018,

Peabody, John W. “Improving the Quality of Care in Developing Countries.” Disease Control Priorities in Developing Countries. 2nd Edition., U.S. National Library of Medicine, 1 Jan. 1970,

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