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Introduction to Health Equity and Social Justice

Watch as Oluwaseun Akinyemi reviews some basic topics of health equity and social justice as they relate to the efforts to eradicate polio. (Step 5.2)

Oluwaseun Akinyemi, MD, MPH, FWACP, FRSPH, PhD
College of Medicine, University of Ibadan & University College Hospital, Nigeria

This quote is shared in the lecture:

“As long as any child anywhere is paralyzed by this virus, it’s a stark reminder that we are failing, as a society, to reach children with the most basic of services. And for that reason, polio eradication: it’s the ultimate in equity and it’s the ultimate in social justice.”

—Bruce Aylward, World Health Organization (WHO)

Reflect on this quote and the reading Polio outbreak among nomads in Chad: Outbreak response and lessons learned:

Why do you think that this WHO official believes that polio eradication is emblematic of global health equity and social justice? Do you agree? Are there other disease control programs you feel embody the ideals of equity and social justice, and why?

Post your thoughts in the discussion.

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