December 6, 2021
Our health and wellbeing are one of the most precious assets we have. Having access to medical assistance when we need it and receiving this care has been identified as a human right. Medical staff providing care are trained with a basis in strong ethics that accord with the Hippocratic oath of ‘doing no harm’.
However, research has found that there exists a significant bias in the provision of medical services to people of colour in many countries which is characterised in some cases by less attentive care, funding and access. We are also seeing examples in how the Covid-19 vaccinations are being unevenly distributed globally. This highlights the importance of being aware of our own biases and how it impacts equity from both a personal and institutional perspective.
What are your practices when engaging with different cultures to make sure that you are being equitable?