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Why your doctor should care about social justice | Mary Bassett

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The speaker discusses the impact of the AIDS epidemic in Zimbabwe, the influence of colonialism on HIV rates in Africa, and the health disparities faced by people of color in the United States. They emphasize the need to address social injustices, structural violence, and institutionalized racism in healthcare to achieve health equity and save lives. The speaker calls for advocacy, courage, and collective action to address systemic inequalities and improve patient care and societal well-being.

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Health policy in Zimbabwe prioritized social justice in 1985, with free healthcare and education.
By 1990, 80% of children in Zimbabwe were immunized.
The AIDS epidemic in 1985 led to a dramatic increase in infection rates.
The speaker in the video established clinics, conducted research, and provided education on HIV prevention in response to the epidemic.
The speaker regretted not advocating for structural change earlier and compared their reflection to Kofi Annan's regrets during the Rwandan genocide.
Addressing the HIV epidemic in Africa:
Colonialism, forced labor, and male superiority have contributed to high infection rates.
Unequal access to life-saving drugs is a result of fear of repercussions.
Social injustices and structural violence in healthcare must be addressed to create real change.
Racial disparities and institutionalized racism in healthcare need to be broken through to save lives.
Health disparities faced by people of color due to historical injustices.
Higher mortality rates for black individuals in New York City and the US, impacting various health conditions.
Criticism of the medical community for reluctance to address racism in research and healthcare work.
Concern about precision medicine overlooking social determinants of health.
Urging health professionals to advocate for change and address systemic injustices in patient care.
Importance of Speaking Out Against Racism and Inequality.
The speaker regrets not speaking up in the past and pledges to advocate for health equity as New York City's Health Commissioner.
Collective action is needed to address structural inequality, requiring courage to advocate for change.
The health of patients and society relies on addressing these issues.