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Let us Improve health policy to cater for last mile populations

Half of the world's population lacks access to basic primary healthcare services. The treatment for common illnesses such as diarrhea or malaria in children, services such as family planning, and prenatal care have raised the biggest concerns.

This disparity is most pronounced in rural areas, where an estimated two billion people live outside of healthcare's reach. A significant health worker deficit is exacerbating the problem, as we will need at least 18 million additional health workers by 2030 to deliver primary healthcare globally.

While illness is universal, healthcare access is not. But that is something that can be altered through collaborative partnerships by governments in strengthening health policies.

One of the most significant areas on this is around that of community health workers. Community health workers can improve health outcomes and save lives when they are properly trained, paid, supervised, and equipped to offer primary health care to people who reside in remote areas.

Community health workers are vital to achieving universal health coverage, one of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals for 2030.

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