Health Services


Health care spending for the world's top 5% is 4,500 times spending for the lowest 20%.

(UC Atlas)

Many people in the world have no form of health care. Poverty, culture, and access are only some of the barriers people face. For many, services are too expensive or they are located at great distances with no roads or means to get there. For others, health workers are viewed as subversive to traditional practices and people are afraid (or not allowed) to use health services for things like learning illness-prevention techniques, curing illnesses, performing surgeries, or giving birth.

The burden of lack of understanding and lack of availability fall disproportionately on the world’s poor and uneducated. Health care spending per person for the top five percent of the world’s population is nearly 4,500 times the spending in the lowest 20 percent. Health services include all services dealing with the diagnosis and treatment of disease or the promotion, maintenance, and restoration of health.

PMC’s radio dramas have empowered listeners around the world to seek health services. In the Philippines, the drama Sa Pagsikat Ng Araw  (“The Hope After the Dawn”) caused a 70 percent increase in the number of patients seeking health services during the broadcast period. PMC’s radio drama Ruwan Dare (“Midnight Rain”) in Nigeria resulted in 67 percent of new clients at clinics naming Ruwan Dare as the direct or indirect source of influencing them to seek family planning or reproductive health services for the first time.

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