As most people know, science is capable of helping us understand what is possible, and also impossible, especially in regard to the future we want to see. There are organisations that can help us take a step back and look at what drives science, and here are five simple ways that science is helping us to transport global health:
Science is capable of helping us with things like vaccines, treatments, and vital cures that are needed to combat diseases that can be devastating. When polio was eradicated, this was the result of a vaccine, plus there are antiretroviral treatments that have been helpful with AIDS, HIV, and there are new technologies being developed in the world of global health. Over 80 vaccines have been developed due to research and science, diagnostic strategies, drugs, and health tools that have been developed since 2000. Many of these tools, and study laboratories such as immunoassay development UK have engineered a new meningitis a vaccine which is helped save nearly 390,000 lives, are something that has prevented over 670,000 infections in children that would otherwise have died without this child-friendly malaria drug which has helped reduce death by 67% since 2000. Science has a pipeline of new technologies that are coming out, numbering nearly 700, that is poised to become very beneficial.
Science Allows Us to Help Our Communities With Tools They Are Developing
Progress in the world of global health is not just about developing tools: you need to have tools that are going to work within the context of those that will use them. If you have a diagnostic test, this does not mean that everyone will be capable of using, or that it will be able to produce quick results for everyone. Women may not be open to using contraceptives that are designed to prevent AIDS and HIV if they are not comfortable, nor affordable, or perhaps they conflict with their current lifestyle. Diagnostics, data analysis, and surveys have been used, along with testing, to allow us to consider their environments, social systems, and help design something that can be used by everyone. All of these things are very unique and need to be refined using technologies that are available will have.
Science is allowing us to track, detect, and also predict different things related to emerging health risks that could challenge us tomorrow.
When weather patterns are analysed to predict the weather, or when insect-borne disease outbreaks occur, genomics, as well as evolutionary theory, can be used to determine how bacteria will become resistant to antibiotics, or how hybrid systems will be able to use crowdsourced data to help with the surveillance of these diseases, and sciences at the forefront of helping us to detect infections, outbreaks, and any other health challenges we may be facing soon. The ability to provide this early detection, preventing an outbreak, is critical to our survival.
Science Allows Us to Target Interventions Using Health Programs That Can Maximize the Impact
How long will it take for insecticide-treated bed netting to be replaced, or how many definitive tears must occur before something is completely unusable? In this world that provides us with limited resources, interventions, and technologies that can save lives, what would actually happen if we brought them to scale? If we can improve our handwashing habits, this can help reduce diarrheal disease, or would it actually help us limit childhood deaths? These are questions that scientists, health researchers, and even data analysts are able to answer from their offices and labs around the world. All of these answers are helping us to understand what must be done to improve our health programs, save lives, and also maximize the money we have to spend on them.