n Health SA Gesondheid - Globalisation : implications for health care delivery in developing countries : overview

Volume 10, Issue 4
  • ISSN : 1025-9848



Globalisering behels 'n toename in ekonomiese, tegnologiese en kulturele uitruiling vanaf ekonomies-dominante na ekonomies minder-dominante samelewings. Talle beginsels onderliggend tot globalisering is in teenstelling met tradisionele waardes. Globalisering kan ook die marginalisering van kwesbare gemeenskappe vererger. In teenstelling hiermee, kan globalisering ontwikkelende en onderontwikkelde gemeenskappe help om te ontsnap uit 'n siklus van onderontwikkeling, armoede, onvoldoende toegang tot gesondheidsorg en swak gesondheid. Gesondheidsorgdeskundiges kan meewerk om die voordele van globalisering te optimaliseer ter bevordering van gesondheid en die ontwikkeling van gemeenskappe. Dit vereis 'n herkonseptualisering van hulle rolle en die aard van opvoedkundige programme vir gesondheidsorg. Die outeur bespreek die hoofkenmerke van globalisering, en die implikasies daarvan vir ontwikkelende lande en tradisionele lewenswyses. Die rol en verantwoordlikhede van gesondheidsdeskundiges word uitgespel. End

Globalisation entails a rapid increase in economic, technological and cultural exchange, which flows from economically and technologically dominant nations to less dominant nations. Many of the underlying principles of globalisation are contradictory to traditional values. Globalisation could aggravate marginalisation of vulnerable communities in Africa. On the other hand globalisation is regarded to provide developing and under-developed nations an opportunity to escape from a cycle of under-development, poverty, inadequate access to health care, and ill health. Health care professionals could contribute towards optimising the benefits of globalisation towards enhancing health and development in their communities. This requires that they reconceptualise their roles and the nature of health sciences education programmes. The author discusses the main characteristics of globalisation, and its implications for developing countries and traditional lifestyles. End

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