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Open Access Editorial

Medicine for global health: can “simple interventions” improve the worldwide burden of disease?

Gretchen Birbeck

Author Affiliations

International Neurologic & Psychiatric Epidemiology Program, Michigan State University, 909 Fee Road, East Lansing, MI 48824, USA

BMC Medicine 2013, 11:72  doi:10.1186/1741-7015-11-72

Published: 14 March 2013

Abstract

Improvements to medical practice and delivery of treatment has been the focus of many international collaborations aiming to address the delivery of appropriate health care in low- and middle-income countries. However, this is compounded by various social, cultural as well as resource allocation issues. This Editorial marks the launch of an article collection on Medicine for Global Health (http://www.biomedcentral.com/bmcmed/series/medicine_for_global_health webcite), and here, guest editor Gretchen Birbeck discusses the challenges, importance and increasing relevance of global health.