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Global Health Challenges Best Addressed By Locally Driven Solutions

In a three-part series in the Huffington Post’s “Global Motherhood” blog, Eric Silfen, senior vice president and chief medical officer of Philips Healthcare, proposes “that many of the ‘global’ health care challenges we face can best be addressed by developing affordable, accessible and cost-effective solutions that satisfy patients’ needs,” or in other words, “when it comes to improving people’s lives, all health care is local.” In Part 1 of the series, he looks at health care in Uganda, where “the non-governmental organization Imaging the World (ITW) is working to offer affordable, accessible and quality maternal medical services through a revolutionary concept that integrates technology, training and the community” (12/9). In Part 2, he examines the issue of indoor air pollution associated with unventilated cooking in Guatemala, highlighting Philips Philanthropy by Design’s original low-smoke Chulha stove initiative (12/11). In Part 3, he focuses on efforts “to end obstetric fistula and improve the lives of women and girls suffering with this devastating injury” in Tanzania (12/16).