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Skip to 0 minutes and 1 secondWe have in Germany perhaps one of the best health systems in the world, - if you look at the quality of our hospitals, if you look at the quality of our diagnostic equipment and of the training of our staff. But this health system is not appropriate to deal with this special type of patients. We have the problem that communication, cultural barriers, - but mainly the regulations of the system -prevent access to health care for many people who are in urgent need. So, as health workers dealing with migrants, dealing with asylum seekers, dealing with refugees, we have to be ....realize that the system cannot be relied upon.

Skip to 0 minutes and 52 secondsThere are so many shortages in the system actually, that it is up to us to do the best for our patients. We cannot rely on the health care system of the authorities to work properly; we have to do it ourselves. And we as health care workers; we have to go this last mile to achieve health equity.

End of week reflection (study group task)

We will end this week with a study group task.

We encourage you to join a study group, if you have not already, as the following task works best in an intimate circle of fellow learners.

Your task is to write a short, personal reflection to deepen your understanding of the link between peace and health:

How might you help reduce the structural violence faced by asylum seekers and refugees - beyond providing healthcare to individual patients? Do you think you would have something to contribute?

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Medical Peace Work

University of Bergen

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