Although the need for improved health care in the developing world has been recognized at the highest administrative levels, little progress has been made in reaching frontline providers who are crucial to this effort.
In September 2000, world leaders adopted the United Nations Millennium Declaration, committing their nations to a new global partnership to reduce extreme poverty—and setting out a series of time-bound targets, with a deadline of 2015, that have become known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDG). Of the eight major MDGs, three specifically address health:
- Reduce child mortality (Goal 4)
- Improve maternal health (Goal 5)
- Combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases (Goal 6)
Health workers are fundamental to achieving these goals. The Global Health Media Project is developing effective clinical videos that will be widely accessible to health workers in low-resource settings, addressing the critical gap in knowledge transfer and best practices that is a root cause of poor health outcomes is these regions.