IT Works recently offered a national scholarship essay contest, where entrants were asked to write about the importance of sponsored research. Over the next few months, IT Works will be publishing many of the student essays on our website.
Author: Sophia Moak
A person stands at the bottom of a flight of stairs, waiting because that person needs one apple in order to move up a step. This same person can see others standing at the top of the stairs, and even though those people have reached the top, they keep acquiring apples. The person waiting at the bottom knows that there are apples to spare, but this person has no way of getting them.
This is how the acquisition of emerging technology in a modern society works. I find that with the rapid increase in modern science, those with already plentiful lives are the ones who get to improve and benefit. Those that need improvement because of living or health conditions confront a restrictive wall that seems to forbid access to “ground-breaking” technology. What if we used the resources we had to create developments not for our own personal gain but for those whose lives could truly benefit? How could we use innovative science to improve healthcare around the world?
The spread of healthcare is a difficult topic; money, resources, and ever-changing knowledge factor into how healthcare functions in other countries. To overcome such barriers and create technology that can benefit humankind should be a large focus of the medical industry in the years to come. Altering the focus of emerging science from the advancement of an already progressive country to the aid of many underdeveloped countries can increase the concern with providing resources to those in need. By channeling money into projects designed to bring emerging medicines and healthcare devices to small impoverished populations, the healthcare industry can improve the quality of life of many different areas around the world.
The true question is how to make this happen. Efficiency along with many barriers hinders possible progress. One billion people in the world lack access to health care systems, and over eight million children under the age of five die from mostly preventable diseases each year; it seems impossible to begin treating every individual. However, the global health problem is a widely acknowledged problem, and there are many medical professionals and engineers working to make the world a healthier place. You do not need to be selfish with new developments in order to advance in the world; by distributing tools to those who need it, the human race as a whole can benefit.
In order to develop technology that is efficient and able to be produced on a global scale, research must be sponsored. Without sponsorship, research can never make progress to help solve the problem of international healthcare. Money grants researchers the opportunities to test different solutions for the problems plaguing communities in different countries that could be easily solved. Sponsored research truly expands the scope of research so that humankind can advance even further.
During the Renaissance, artists sought patrons to support their artwork, and this was how revolutionary artists like Michelangelo and Raphael changed the world of art for the future. Although painting is not quite the same as developing new medicinal drugs in a lab, the idea is the same. Without the funding that patrons gave to the Renaissance artists, artistry would never have advanced to influence every part of the world. For this very reason, if we want to solve common health issues in developing countries across the world, sponsored research is necessary in order to create clear solutions to these problems.
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