The world’s most developed countries include most nations in Western and Central Europe, the United Kingdom, the United States, Canada, and Australia. These countries are home to some of the best healthcare systems on planet Earth.
Thankfully, people, governments, and organizations are constantly involved in helping people from developing – also known as third-world countries – countries stay on top of their health issues.
Take, for example, Sightsavers. Founded nearly four scores ago, the blind United Kingdom resident Sir John Foster Wilson – he was blinded wholly and permanently by an accident in one of his high school’s chemistry classes – originally formed the organization as the British Empire Society for the Blind; later, its name was changed to the Royal Commonwealth Society for the Blind after the United Kingdom’s then-queen granted it royal privileges.
Since it was created some 68 years ago, Sightsavers has stopped roughly 300 million people around the world’s poorest regions of its worst-off countries stay out of the throes of onchocerciasis – also known as river blindness – funded the proper surgeries of about 6.25 million people with cataracts so thick that they were considered legally blind, and given about 50 million people the right kind and sufficient amounts to cover full courses of treatment and prevention against trachoma, a disease infamous for causing blindness called Chlamydia trachomatis.
Worms aren’t friends of people in these places, either
In the United States – not to mention most developed places around the world, as well – we know worms as the kind-of-long, slimy, squirmy fellows that live in gardens, flower beds, and in rich soil. Even though worms are mostly our friends in the US, they’re not in India and sub-Saharan Africa.
Sightsavers works around these two areas to deworm people for roughly $1.19 per kid, though treating people – those affected by either of the two NTDs (neglected tropical diseases), schistosomiasis and soil-transmitted helminthiasis, undergo quite a bit of pain and tons of worry before they’re treated, even if those treatments come as promptly as possible – costs $0.55 per developed case.
This nonprofit organization gets help from GiveWell to support some of its deworming programs around the world. GiveWell was founded over a decade ago and regularly gives multiple millions of dollars to Sightsavers to prevent preventable blindness.
Born in Palestine and raised in Kuwait Dr. Saad Saad was one of eight children. Saad got his medical degre from Egypt’s Cairo University, he was second in his class. Saad went to England for his internship, and forty-five years ago he immigrated to the United States. Dr. Saad did a surgery and pediatric surgery residency and is board certified. Dr. Saad and his wife of forty-two years have four children.
Dr. Saad has developed several pediatric surgical procedures and two of his inventions have been patented. He has done complex pediatric surgeries on thousands including infants, children and teenagers. Dr. Saad has went to Jerusalem on Medical Missions to provide free surgeries to poor children. Before his retirement he was in a position of authority at the K Hovnanian Children Hospital.
Dr. Saad Decided to Become A Medical Professional
In 1965 Saad was in Kuwait attending high school and thought he wanted to be an engineer but the temperatures exceed one hundred and ten degrees during the summer. It only took a couple of summers for him to realize he wanted to work in the air conditioning and decided to be a surgeon.
Dr. Saad’s Mentor and Most Valuable Lesson
Dr. Saad was trained in Charleston, SC by the US’s greatest pediatric surgeon Dr. H Biemann Othersen. The most valuable lesson he learned from him was to be hard working, honest, kind and to treat every child no matter what the religion, color, ability or financial situation.
Dr. Saad’s Philosophy and Habits
The one trend that has Saad excited is genetics and the potential they have for chronic diseases such as cancer. He uses research to get his ideas to come to life, and organization is how he keeps himself productive. He believes that he will not procrastinate as long as he is organized. He would tell his younger self that you can reach any goal that you focus on and are persistent about. He believes that your fate is known by God alone. Learn more: https://www.linkedin.com/in/saad-saad-524707159/
Dr. Saad is a former surgeon who believes that the two most important things to prepare for surgery are reviewing Medical Records of the patient and confirming the type of procedure you are going to perform. The steps of the procedure should be reviewed especially when it is complex to ensure that you know exactly what you are doing.
Dr. Saad would keep his focus in the operating room by eliminating personal conversations and loud music. He would ensure he had quality sleep the night before and ate breakfast before entering the operating room.
In the wells of Squaw Valley, they have had a water infection. Low levels of Coliform bacteria and E Coli bacteria were detected. There have been no known health issues reported relating to the water. People in the area are still advised not to drink the water.
The issue arose in October of 2016 from a rain storm in the county. Flooding of a water system at High Camp and Gold Coast caused the infection of the water system. No other water system in the area is infected. Squaw Valley is currently working with water specialists to treat the water. The E Coli bacteria is no longer present in three of them, but Coliform bacteria is still present in those three. The fourth well is unnecessary for their water system and so they may keep it offline for a longer time. Infected water was never served to the public.
The authorities in the area are working hard to resolve the issue. They will update their guests and will lift the ban on drinking water when they know it is safe to drink. The water will not be turned back on or become available to the public until it is safe. The infection could not have spread to the snow and bathrooms are still safe to use. Restaurants at Squaw Valley Mountain are currently closed due to the infection. Guests at High Camp and Gold Coast will receive free bottled water for their stay. They are currently only serving prepacked food. Skiers can still access the facilities and mountain for skiing.
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