Abstract: Rural health has long been subject to less investment and often not prioritized in terms of resources (both human and financial) as well as investment, as stakeholders and decision-makers tend to focus their attention on urban areas and major cities. This has had negative consequences on the quality of service and patients outcome; for example, good roads can facilitate swift referrals and an effective supply chain; economic activities can create retention for health workers and avoid mass exodus from rural areas to urban areas. As the world is still wrestling with the consequences of Covid-19; rural health will be affected, and if no effective action is taken, most countries in Low and Middle-Income Countries will not reach the SDGs; and will continue to widen the gap and worsen the health conditions of those living in rural areas. Strengthening and improving the health system in general and specifically in rural areas is an effective tool for preventing the next epidemic and pandemic and addressing current pressing issues regarding coverage, access, and quality. The return on investment of robust rural health will be a lever for economic and social stability for many regions struggling to keep their citizens healthy and productive.
Mark, Shephard, Susan, Matthews, Corey, Markus, Emma de, Courcy-Ireland, Lauren, Duckworth, Isabelle, Haklar, Ellen, Kambanaros, Tamika, Regnier, April, Rivers-Kennedy, Grant, White, 2023, Pathology testing at the point of patient care: Transformational change for rural communities, Book Section, viewed 21 February 2024, https://www.nintione.com.au/?p=42562.