The world is at war with health related problems and as the population grows so does the need to tackle the various challenges in the provision of healthcare. The course on health assessment and promotion of vulnerable population is therefore an important tool in helping the various healthcare providers around the world to tackle the ever-rising disease outbreaks and epidemics especially in the developing countries.
The evaluation by a country on its population that is vulnerable to health related problems is of uttermost importance since it will help in improving the living standards of its people. The course helps one to understand the health trends in other countries and the population that is susceptible to attacks from diseases and epidemics (Donna & Greg, 2001).
Though most countries are developing, they still are faced with the challenges of providing quality healthcare to their citizen. Healthcare statistics in majority of the countries indicate that a large percentage of citizens are poor and are lacking access to basic needs.
The vulnerable population presents health challenges to healthcare providers who are faced with the task of coming up with appropriate policy and solutions for the emerging healthcare concerns. (Donna & Greg, 2001)
Though the healthcare policy in some developed countries caters for majority of its citizens, in most developing countries there is a huge disparity in the access of healthcare services by its citizens. Healthcare is seen as a preserve for the rich while the poor lack the basic need or in some cases are forced to deal with services that are of low quality.
This leaves the poor at a higher risk of contracting diseases hence the need to create awareness amongst the vulnerable population becomes important in order to reduce their susceptibility to health related risks.
Donna J. Petersen, Greg R. Alexander. (2001) Population Health; Concepts and Methods
Oxford University Press