The `Health crisis point`, or how the ability to acquire health can create a crisis?

ניו דלהי

The `Health crisis point` is a point in time to which is attributed the entry of services that allow a society, to acquire health. There are two parallel processes at work. First, the introduction of a variety of health services including vaccines, hospitals, availability of doctors and medicine and health facilities. Second, is the ability of a society to provide itself with a clean environment, high quality fresh food and clean water.

In the history of humanity, the `Health crisis point` is attributed to three dramatic events: the discovery of vaccines by Edward Jenner and his heirs, the discovery of the bacteria by Antonie van Leeuwenhoek alongside the discovery of Penicillin that kills bacteria, and the pasteurization process (Louis Pasteur).

A parallel process was the agricultural revolution that made it possible to produce surplus food (through creation of advanced irrigation and water-drips, fertilizers, pesticides, antibiotics, genetic engineering). Each of these researchers has changed the world by significantly reducing disease mortality and exposing humanity to a healthier world. Worldwide pandemics that have killed millions of people have been almost completely eradicated. These are the components of the health revolution.

At a nation scale, the `Health crisis point` is attributed to the nation’s ability to provide good health, food, and water services to its population, to deal with crises and to generate resilience. Every country, therefore, has its own `Health crisis point`.

But if we’re dealing with a health issue then why the use of the word crisis? Where’s the dissonance coming from?

The `Health crisis point` has changed the world for the better, which has also created a slew of by-products. The first of these is rapid human population growth and a change in human demographics. The decrease in mortality has resulted in high Population growth and population aging, which has increased the great need for resources and increased waste emissions and pollutants to the environment.

As a result, the environmental situation in most countries of the world has worsened, which has created many health challenges for mankind in general and specific countries in particular. Air pollution, water pollution, land and sea, are all health challenges that kill millions of people every year, and the situation is only getting more dire.

Hence the term ‘crisis’. The solution for the problem, will probably be to reduce birth rates. If mortality is small, it is necessary, respectively, to reduce birth rates, otherwise humanity will have to deal with many more significant crises over time.