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Lesson Plan August 6, 2015

Stopgap Health Care in the Developing World

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Questions for “Mexico: No End in Sight”

  1. What would you have done if you were the NGO charged with saving Robles? Might you have tried other regional contacts?
  2. In addition to the reasons mentioned in the article, why do you think Tijuana is isolated in its HIV prevalence? Think about factors like geography, politics, and/or local culture.
  3. What does the example of the 2011 Global Fund grant cutoff teach us about the nature of aid cutoffs? How would you modify the Global Fund’s policies? Think beyond obvious answers here.
  4. Given the choice between prevention and treatment of the disease, what seems to be more effective for people who contracted HIV through sexual intercourse? What about for people who contracted the virus through needle-sharing?
  5. After reading: Look up the definition of “harm reduction.” How might this concept relate to HIV-AIDS and needle sharing?

Questions: Resource 2, “Mozambique’s Life-Saving Surgeons Aren’t Always Doctors”

  1. As you listen
    1. How many surgeons are there in Mozambique? What’s the country’s population?
    2. What’s a tecnico? What more familiar profession would you compare it to?
    3. Name one routine surgery and one trauma surgery that tecnicos might be expected to perform.
    4. What would you say is the bigger problem in Mozambican clinics: lack of resources or lack of trained medical workers?
    5. What does Munambo’s routine sterilization say about the state of birth control/family planning in Mozambique?
  2. Big picture questions
    1. Does Mozambique’s current system carry any lessons for the way we train doctors and surgeons in the U.S.?
    2. If you had $50,000 to give to the Chokwe hospital you just heard about, how would you allocate it? Consider supplies, training, treatment, prevention, hygiene, etc. Google the cost of these items as needed, for estimation purposes.
    3. Think back to the Tijuana article. How did that region cope with shortages of qualified doctors, compared with Mozambique’s approach to the same problem?  Which system has worked better, and why?

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