Lessons from COVID: Invest properly in community-based health. Help disadvantaged groups get vaccinated.

Friday, 8 October 2021 - 10:00am to 10:30am

With COVID exposing the cracks in our health system and the marginalisation of certain groups who are vulnerable to the virus, Jacques and Jennifer talk about a different approach led by the World Health Organisation that seems to have gone out of fashion.

The WHO defines health as a state of complete physical, mental and social wellbeing, not just the absence of disease. Health and ill health are seen as happening in the communities where people live and work, and within the economic systems and natural ecosystems they are part of.

Jacques and Jennifer suggest we properly resource a community-based, empowering approach to health, as developed by the WHO, that considers the environments and systems people are part of.

Most immediately we need to work with marginalised communities to increase COVID vaccination before we open up. Otherwise the virus will certainly ‘rip through’ these communities.

 

 

 

Friday 10:00am to 10:30am
Think Again offers weekly conversations and reflections about current events, trends and public pronouncements on contemporary and emerging issues. The show moves beyond what we read and hear via the public and ‘social’ media, to invite alternative possibilities to guide our thinking, living and organising.

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Jennifer Borrell & Jacques Boulet

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