Advocacy and Education
Ride for World Health believes that there is a disparity of resources affecting access to basic healthcare at home and abroad. As physicians of the future, we are dedicated to creating sustainable solutions that empower patients through education and access to resources. R4WH raises awareness of the following issues through its Coast-to-Coast Lecture Series and global health curriculum.
Universal healthcare is a necessity, but we are mindful of the need for financial sustainability. R4WH believes that the goal of providing universal healthcare in the United States can be most practically achieved through legislation that expands existing federally-funded state programs, offers Medicare for all, and/or allows all Americans to buy in to the Federal Employee Health Benefits Program (FEHBP).
Poverty and Disease
Poverty is the single greatest barrier to health. Half of the world’s population lives on less than two dollars per day with inadequate access to basic needs such as nutrition and safe drinking water. By reducing the burden of debt on poorer countries, supporting the United Nation’s Millennium Development Goals , and implementing community based solutions, we can begin to address the problems of poverty.
Despite advances in our understanding and treatment of the disease, HIV/AIDS remains a growing problem. The prevalence of HIV in sub-Saharan Africa is equal to the prevalence of obesity in the United States. R4WH believes that this seemingly overwhelming problem can be most effectively resolved by increasing access to treatment, building community infrastructure, improving education, relieving poor countries’ debts, and supporting effective programs.
Women’s and Children’s Health
Global social and cultural environments have perpetuated an inequality in the allocation of healthcare resources for women. We believe that equal healthcare for women is a basic human right and that these disparities can be overcome by education, addressing violence directed toward women, promoting sexual autonomy, and protecting civil rights.