February 25, 2023
… most groups that do global health work, they’re following this traditional model that’s very top-down and is charity-based. It’s outsiders coming in and superimposing their own ideas with very good intentions. But these solutions are not evidence-based, they’re not sustainable, and they don’t really inspire people to keep the improvements going. … folks coming in and doing this free medical care in makeshift clinics really can very well be more harmful than helpful. Also building health facilities, especially when it’s a parallel system, often can disempower folks and hurt the local economy.
DR. KIRK SCIRTO – A FAMILY PRACTICE PHYSICIAN AND AUTHOR OF “DOING GLOBAL HEALTH WORK”