Some of you might know that my day job is working for a charity that supports other charities in the local area, some of which are the most deprived areas of the country. Part of my work within that and in previous jobs was in Community Development and when I was studying for my MA in Community and Youth Work I learned a lot about injustice, inequality and linked to overcoming that – empowerment.
I really wanted to share this video as the facts and figures in it made me think. I talk a lot about being healthy and living a healthy life, but when you consider what most of us in this country would consider as healthy it is a million miles away from what that means in other countries, and even parts of our own country. I have blogged before about healthy eating on a budget, but I know that the issue is a lot more complicated than the price of vegetables – to help address inequalities in our own country at least, I feel people need to be educated and empowered to make a change.
The figures in the video are quite scary: 99% of mothers who die in pregnancy and childbirth are from developing countries for example. Even in the UK there is nearly a 10% difference in average life expectancy between the poorest and richest London boroughs.
London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine have launched this video as part of their campaign to draw attention to the problems of unequal healthcare across the globe, across countries, and even between areas of individual cities. Some of the reasons for health inequality include differences in lifestyle, education, income, housing, ethnicity and of course accessibility to healthcare. You can find out more about the Make Health Fair Campaign here.
I’ll let the video do the talking, but I’d love to know your thoughts, what are your opinions on this topic? How do you think we can work to address health inequality in the UK and globally?