Ah, Europe! A continent of innovation, progress, and forward-thinking solutions to global problems. From Denmark’s entirely electronic health records to Italy’s surgical robots, Europe is leading the way in creating new and exciting ways to improve the quality of life for its citizens. 

But Europe isn’t the only place making strides in health and well-being. Canada has developed a virtual reality psychotherapy program for remote mental health care, and Rwanda is using drones to deliver blood, reducing the amount of time it takes to get it to where it needs to go. 

And let’s not forget Norway, where parents can take up to 59 weeks of parental leave with either full or 80% pay, and Sweden, where blood donors get a text message when their blood saves a life. 

So, without further ado, here is a list of twelve innovative ways that countries around the world are improving the health and well-being of their citizens, and that the US should adopt ASAP. Enjoy!

Training pays off.

Healthcare around the world - Village Health Volunteers in Thailand Over a million volunteers have each had more than 40 hours of training and follow- up sessions, and this has helped the country become a leader in reducing the number of deaths among children under five. CRACKED

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Bloody brilliant.

Healthcare around the world zipline Rwanda's blood delivery drones Using drones to deliver blood has cut down the amount of time it takes to get it to where it's needed over three hours, and it's also helped to reduce the amount of blood donations that go to waste by two thirds. CRACKED

Zipline International (via Wired)


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