Coronavirus (311) Universal health coverage and human rights

2 April, 2020

Dear all

The sentiments expressed by our friend, Andreas [Andreas Wiegand, Germany: Coronavirus 307], are the reality of the world we live in. The absence of Universal Health Coverage, the disrespect to public health including those who work for that sector, ignoring calls to reduce poverty, ignoring climate change, the big pharma eating everything, the multinational companies killing small businesses, the overwhelming control of what is called “main stream media”, the campaign of misleading information and the big lie that things are good in many countries have all contributed to the current state of fear and chaos. At the national level, very weak health systems, total lack of transparency, big lies that things are fine, disregard and disrespect to human rights, including health. These third world countries became third world because there are rich countries that have been sucking natural resources for hundreds of years and not contributing to their development. The recent call for health workers from anywhere in the world to get visa to USA is just one example of racisms and apartheid. It simply says leave your country and people to die and come here to work for me and get money. Language is just another example of this manipulation and colonization. It was on the news yesterday that a well know actress in one country asking for all expatriates to leave her country. This is despite the fact that the same actress cannot live without these foreign workers to guard, cook, drive, clean, teach, plan, treat and more important dig for oil to export so that she can live luxuriously. Where and how can a more equitable world exist?

Best regards.

Najeeb Al-Shorbaji, PhD, FIAHSI

Former Director, Knowledge, Ethics and Research Department, WHO/HQ

President, eHealth Development Association of Jordan,

Independent Consultant in Knowledge Management and eHealth

e-Marefa Advisor

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HIFA profile: Najeeb Al-Shorbaji recently retired from the World Health Organization (WHO), where he has worked since 1988 in different capacities. He was most recently Director of the Knowledge, Ethics and Research Department at WHO headquarters, Geneva. Previously he was Coordinator for Knowledge Management and Sharing in EMRO (Eastern Mediterranean Regional Office), Egypt. He is a member of a number of national and international professional societies and associations specialised in information management and health informatics. He has authored over 100 research papers and articles presented in various conferences and published in professional journals. He is a member of the HIFA Steering Group and the HIFA Working Group on Multilingualism.

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