DOCTORS OF THE WORLD-USA INC via Crowdrise
September 25, 2012
BENEFITING: DOCTORS OF THE WORLD-USA INC
In times of economic crisis health service budgets are often slashed dramatically at exactly the time that money worries are meaning more people are ending up sick.
This scenerio has been proven time and again - most recently in Greece where the state health service has seen staff numbers plunge and the money for equipment, medicines and clinics falling at a time when patient numbers have increased dramatically.
In cash-strapped Greece that meant hospital admissions were up 25 percent - but at the same time hospital budgets have been cut by 40 percent leaving shortages of medicine and staff.
The department of health reports that suicides are up 40 percent as well - with budgets for mental health care and drug dependents axed.
Dr. Nikitas Kanakis, President of Doctors of the World Greece, which runs health clinics and mobile units around the country, says the organization has seen a huge increase in the number of people looking for assistance, and that the number of Greek citizens visiting its polyclinics doubled between 2010 and 2011.
To help respond to the increase in demand for services, Doctors of the World has increased its number of free drop-in polyclinics and mobile medical units.
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