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September 16, 1992

Global Health InterdependenceA Grass-Roots Approach

Author Affiliations

From the Departments of Anesthesia and Pediatrics, University Washington School of Medicine, Seattle. Dr Crone is the senior medical adviser to the presidential initiative to provide humanitarian assistance to the newly independent states for Project HOPE.

JAMA. 1992;268(11):1462-1463. doi:10.1001/jama.1992.03490110100039

Throughout much of their history, civilized countries have supported programs to improve the health care of people in developing regions of the world. In recent times, nations traditionally considered as "third world" have been the recipients of support in the form of direct medical care, supplies, equipment, and education from many different private and public sources as a matter of course. The recent economic and political events in Central and Eastern Europe and Asia have drastically changed how "third world" has been traditionally defined and has mobilized citizens of Western societies in unprecedented numbers to provide help to the peoples of both developing as well as distressed countries in new and meaningful ways.

See also p 1441.

One of the more notable failures of the former Soviet Union at the time of its dissolution was its health care system. The already undercapitalized medical infrastructure was suddenly dealt a nearly fatal