As we travel to Nairobi today, we reflect on the work that Health eVillages has been able to accomplish over the last two years. It is an honor, as it always has been, to contribute to the vision of Robert F. Kennedy. Healthcare is truly a basic human right and something deserved by all people on this earth. It should not matter where you were born, or your economic status. We all are entitled to feel as though there is help when we are in need, someone to care for us when we fall ill.
In the 21st century, it is often hard to perceive a place where there is no doctor – a place where a community health worker is the front line of care, a place where a nurse has only one medical reference book (published 50 years ago). These places exist however; in fact they are abundant on this Earth. And one at a time, Health eVillages aims to empower the heroes that work there with tools that may give them that slight edge, an edge that could mean the difference between life and death for a mother, a brother, or child.
We are so excited to be returning to our African pilot sites with medical information specific to their countries, tailored to their needs – information they can rely on for every patient. Yet, Health eVillages has only reached the tip of the iceberg. There is so much more to do, so many more people to help. But with the support of folks from around the world, and the incredible healthcare providers we work with, the groundswell has begun – and continues.