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Open Access Editorial

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

Gretchen Birbeck

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

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

Published: 14 March 2013


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 ( webcite), and here, guest editor Gretchen Birbeck discusses the challenges, importance and increasing relevance of global health.