Dear HIFA colleagues,
Shabina Hussain (USA) writes: "Often minorities in some parts of the world receive poor quality of care just because of who they are. As a scientific community we must try to ensure respect for all human life and encourage improved access for all." http://www.hifa.org/dgroups-rss/ebola-outbreak-nigeria-perceptions-comme...
Thank you for this comment, which is so true. In the preamble to the Sustainable Development Goals are the words: "As we embark on this collective journey, we pledge that no one will be left behind." Typically it is minorities who are left behind. It is also the majority who are left behind - the majority of the world's population who live on low incomes in low- and middle-income countries. As you say, the reasons are economic, ethnic - also and disease-oriented (eg prejudice against people living with HIV/AIDS). The roots are similarly deep and multifaceted. Stigma and prejudice can be reduced through better knowledge and understanding, across society generally and among healthcare providers in particular. This is a huge subject to try to summarise in one paragraph, but I invite HIFA members to share perspectives and experiences in relation to specific individuals or groups who are being 'left behind' with regards to access to high-quality health care. (On our sister forum CHIFA - child health and rights - we have discussed in depth the issues faced by child migrants, for example.)
Best wishes, Neil
Coordinator, HIFA Project on Access to Health Research
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