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Surname 1 Name Course Professor Date Introduction. The book by Julie Livingston, Improvising Medicine: An African Oncology Ward in an Emerging Cancer Epidemic is well versant book that touches different areas. The different topics touches on health either directly or indirectly. Poverty Health in Botswana Poverty among people in Botswana has resulted to inequalities in health, where certain group of people experience worse health outcomes and greater burdens of an illness as compared to others. Economic status of a person contribute largely on the quality of health an individual gets. One of the biggest contributor of poverty health in Botswana is misjudgment or invisibility of the burden of a certain disease like cancer on a specific group. This can be linked and manifest in the total amount of funding, treatment and research offered to people as well as social stigma to that disease. The author of Improvising Medicine: An African Oncology Ward in an Emerging Cancer Epidemic said that healthcare services being provided at public hospitals is cheap and affordable to most people in Botswana. However, the quality of health care services being provided is poor, the wards are overcrowded. As if that is not enough public institutions are filled with broken technology, expired medications as well as low blood supply especially to patients suffering from
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Surname 2 cancer. With limited means of providing health care services, many patients end up being sent home untreated. Livingston argues that many lives can be saved and benefit from preventive care and educational resources. Asses to care in Botswana and most of Africa countries is primarily a socioeconomic factor, with majority of people being unable from affording basic healthcare due to poverty. People in this country die of simple communicable diseases, which are both treatable and leading cause of death; it continues to affect most people due to lack of affordable treatment. Poverty also affect health indirectly, including influencing availability of safe and healthy foods, proximity of an individual to an environmental hazards and education. This shows that if an individual lacks basic knowledge on how prevent him/herself from existing hazards he/she will end up acquiring the a certain condition. It is estimated that the number of children in Africa at risk of dying is 35 percent more today than a decade ago. Even though research shows that life expectancy has increased over the past 5 decades by 20 years, countries from Africa and other developing countries are still left behind. Livingston explains how nurses and doctors in a ward in Botswana only have reduced medical tools and treatment; also, the ward is understaffed.
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