Rural communities lack an accessible source of quality health care.
REAP data shows that village clinicians provide the wrong diagnoses in 41% of cases.
Rural clinicians are undereducated - only 10-20% have gone to college.
This lack of education leads to dangerous & unreliable care: REAP data shows that in 64% of cases, clinicians provide either harmful or unnecessary medicine to their patients.
One source of these problems is the "know-do gap."
Clinicians have the knowledge to provide appropriate care, but fail to act on this knowledge. There is a gap between what they know, and what they do.
The know-do gap wreaks havoc on the rural health care system.
REAP research has shown that only 35% of cases are correctly managed by rural clinicians. In other words, patients are more likely to be hurt than helped by a visit to a rural clinician.