The Rielo Institute for Integral Development (RIID), was founded by a group of intellectuals working to develop solutions that combat poverty, migration and marginalization, particularly in the field of health. Inspired by the Spanish philosopher and thinker Fernando Rielo, RIID has developed an innovative way of confronting these challenges by combining the theoretical approaches of higher education with the practical work of NGO’s to help the poor, migrants and marginalized with issues related to health.
The challenges migrants face today when seeking out health care underscore the importance of RIID’s role. According to the World Bank, 250 million people migrated last year, and the year before that, migrants constituted 3.2% of the world population. Unfortunately, health care costs for these migrants are draining the financial resources of many State Parties, attributed in part to difficulties in understanding the health issues of this population. Studies have shown that health services for migrants would be more successful and less expensive if health practitioners had the skills to understand the culture and circumstances of these individuals so as to communicate more effectively with them.
Now is the time for RIID to complete its mission: to prepare health practitioners to understand the health issues of migrants, refugees and the poor; to promote innovative solutions in both the public and private domains; and to find strategies that will reduce the exorbitant cost of public health when providing health services to these populations.