Social injustice kills
“Social injustice is killing people on a grand scale.”
That’s the conclusion the World Health Organization has reached after a “three-year analysis of the ‘social determinants’ of health.”
According to an article from the BBC,
The report, drawn up by an eminent panel of experts forming the WHO’s Commission on the Social Determinants of Health, found that, in almost all countries, poor socioeconomic circumstances equated to poor health.
The differences were so marked that genetics and biology could not begin to explain them.
While on the one hand this hardly seems like much of a discovery, the report provides statistics that confirm and clarify trends that are obvious around the globe. In some cases, it also reveals shocking inequalities on a national or even local basis. The result is what amounts to a scathing condemnation of a global health reality in which, all too often, the rich live and the poor die.
More to come soon . . . I’ll fill in some more details in a post tomorrow, but I wanted to get this up fast.
~ by h.e.g. on August 29, 2008.