Rural hospitals, such as this one in Wedowee, Alabama, are struggling to stay open.
AP Photo/Brynn Anderson
Health outcomes for rural Americans have steadily deteriorated in recent decades even as they've improved elsewhere. The GOP plan to replace the Affordable Care Act will worsen the problem.
Reggie Batiste with the AIDS Healthcare Foundation in Atlanta administers an HIV test.
The number of new HIV-positive cases has sharply declined – in most parts of the country. Nonurban areas, particularly in the South, are showing sharp increases. Why?
Rural primary health care, including patient evacuation services, general practice and mental health care deliver more than just health. There are economic benefits too.
Providing health care to the bush not only benefits people's health but the local economy.
A hospital worker removing a plaque from Sac-Osage Hospital, which closed its doors in 2015.
Repeal and replacement of Obamacare would hurt rural health care, causing closure of hospitals and physician practices. What does this mean for a group of people whom Donald Trump has pledged to help?
A Kenyan nurse participates in a march during their strike following failed negotiations between health unions and the government.
Health workers in Kenya have reached an impasse with the government over working conditions. This has lead to a nationwide strike, leaving thousands without critical care.
A client receives HIV/AIDS counseling at a women and children’s hospital in Nigeria. These facilities are not always available in rural areas.
Flickr/ Karen Kasmauski/MCSP
Effectively decentralising HIV and AIDS treatment services helps to improve universal health care. But in Nigeria this approach comes with many challenges.
Two characters who feature in the film PILI about rural women living with HIV in Tanzania.
The stories of HIV positive women in Tanzania often go unheard outside the communities in which they live.
Migration patterns can have an impact on health and policies.
When people migrate they can end up worse off when it comes to getting access to health care. Analysing migration trends can help drive local public health policy towards the correct targets.
People with disabilities living in Madwaleni in the Eastern Cape have difficulty accessing healthcare.
Poor people with disabilities living in rural South Africa are particularly disadvantaged when it comes to accessing health care.
Strategies for dealing with dementia require reflection.
Small businesses such as pubs and hairdressers are key to allowing people with dementia to maintain meaningful social ties.
Rural workplaces are marked by an expectation of regular drinking and long and irregular work hours.
Rural workplaces often tacitly encourage excessive drinking and even drugtaking.
While politicians like Malcolm Turnbull and Barnaby Joyce do the traditional photo-ops, fewer people than ever are taking on farming, which can no longer support vibrant rural and regional communities on its own.
What are the issues facing rural and regional Australia? The challenges are many and varied – and only some have made the national political agenda – but these areas deserve better than neglect.
A woman extension worker employed by the Afar Pastoralist Development Association. Some health extension workers are separated from their families and some are unable to move.
Kate Holt/Anglican Overseas Aid
In Ethiopia health extension workers in rural areas fulfill an essential service - but they feel they have no career path.
Emotional abuse was the most common form of abuse.
Not only are women in regional and rural areas more likely to experience partner violence than their city counterparts, it's more difficult to leave and re-establish a new life.
New data shows many Australians aren’t seeing their doctors because it costs too much.
In some parts of Australia, patients are twice to three times more likely to avoid seeing their GP because they can't afford it, according to figures released today.
Community health care workers are beginning to be formally integrated into the health care system.
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Community health workers are finally being formally integrated into the health system – but they need support to make an impact.
Rwanda faces energy isues and renewable energy in rural parts of the country is vital for healthcare.
Rwanda requires the use of renewable energy to power up healthcare clinics in rural parts of the country.
Student doctor Livhuwani Mashanzhe ® from the University of Johannesburg takes a blood test from a patient at Kimberley train station in South Africa in this file picture.
Skilled mid level health care workers can relieve the workload of other health care workers and can help make universal health care a reality for South Africans.
If you need doctors to work in the country, you need a selection system that picks people with those values and commitments.
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Three features of a medical school help predict where medical students will eventually work as doctors: selection, the curriculum, and the professionalism of the newly-qualified doctors.
Physician assistants provide high-quality care and can help fill Australia’s rural doctor shortage.
At a ceremony in Townsville today, four people will graduate from James Cook University’s physician assistant program. They will be Australia’s first bachelor’s graduates in that field. This is an important…