The global reach of family medicine and community health
Author: Wang, Wei
For the past 2 months I have traveled across Africa, Asia, Europe, and Oceania for fieldwork and conferences on health burden and noncommunicable disease. The striking contrast between access to community health care and hospital services was constantly in my mind during my trips and afterwards. I had the chance to see for myself the imbalance in the available facilitates between less developed and developed regions, and the inequity of the poor, marginalized and disadvantaged with regard to the rich. The global reach of primary care and community health service is of paramount importance. In this issue, eight articles address this topic by reporting research on child health (Australia, Bangladesh, Botswana, Cambodia, China and Hong Kong, Ethiopia, India, Kenya, Malawi, Mongolia, Myanmar, Sierra Leone, the Seychelles, the Solomon Islands, Tanzania, Tonga, Vanuatu, Vietnam, and Zimbabwe), maternal health (Nepal), psychological processes (China), sedentary lifestyle (Jordan), training medical undergraduates (India), ecology, plans, and reforms regarding a health care system (Malaysia), long-term care for aged ethnic minority people in Yunnan (China) and family well-being (South Africa).