Thanks to fast advances in the biomedical sciences, the healthcare systems in developed countries have helped to dramatically improve the quality of life. Obviously there is a strongimbalance between economically strong countries and developing countries in the advances of healthcare. The vast majority of medical research addresses (sub-)specialist health problems that are mainly relevant in the western world. This paradox is inherent to the way that our world economy is organized while the right to health care is an universal human right.
Accessibility of knowledge is the most important condition for the development of good medical care. Successful sharing of knowledge requires an enthusiastic, ambitious and eager approach of all partners. The desperate need for medical knowledge of both physicians and scientists in developing countries has never been greater than nowadays.
Many highly educated professionals in developing countries feel the urge to emigrate to countries which offer better education and future perspectives. This process undermines sustainable economic development and basic healthcare. By globally improving the access to medical knowledge, the WAMA Foundation aspires to enhance medical capabilities in developing countries. The aim is to improve the quality of life by improving local medical care through the global sharing of new medical insights.