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Food for subversive thoughts
submitted by HAIAP member, Claudio Schuftan
IF DEFENDING AND STRUGGLING FOR THE FULFILMENT OF THE RIGHT TO HEALTH IS CONSIDERED SUBVERSIVE, IT MAKES US SUBVERSIVE. THIS IS AN INVITATION. LET’S ALL SCHEME AND CHALLENGE! (L.Weinstein)
In the words of a Dean of Johns Hopkins University, work in the health sector requires the flexibility of an earthworm, the ability of a locksmith and the capability of mounting a grand indignation of a lawyer. (…in Philadelphia in the original quote).
The veritable crisis in health systems failure we see the world over should lead us to a re-think of the triumphalism that has marked some of the global health debate in recent years as the MDGs are evaluated. Some even project a ‘grand convergence within a generation’ between North and South –rich and poor countries– based upon predictions of ‘an end of preventable mortality, including that from infectious diseases’. The truth though is that health systems in too many countries are and have been dysfunctional –way before Ebola hit. (i) Health facilities are often a place where people, especially women and children, experience first-hand their poverty and marginalization. (A.Yamin)
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A parable that provides some consolation when, too commonly, a ton of effort produces nothing, or at best, just an ounce of movement.
It is the story of a just man who went to the city of Sodom, hoping to save the people from sin and punishment. He cried out in the streets and the square, preaching his message of hope, his promise of redemption. But no one listened and no one responded but still he continued to cried out. Then, one day, a child stopped him in the street asking, “why do you continue to cry out when no one listens?”
And the man answered, “When I first came to this city I cried out hoping to change the people. Now I know that I am helpless to change them. If I continue to cry out today it is mainly to prevent the people from changing me!”
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