Diary- by Paul Farmer

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Editor Score:
95
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Quality:
95
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Usability:
60
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Reliability:
90
Asset Type
License
Free
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North America Central America South America Oceania Scandinavia Europe Africa Middle East Asia
Publication year
2014
Industry
Life science/Healthcare

Paul Farmer is a medical anthropologist/physician who clearly and poignantly articulated the links between 'structural violence' and poor health. He began his critical global health career in Haiti, which is the ideal location to actually 'see' how the political and economic decisions made by the US and France translate into devastating health status for Haitians, hence 'structural violence'. The knowledge asset proposed reflects Farmer's recent work in West Africa to collaborate with West Africans on erecting a human rights, community-informed ebola response. I base my suggestion that we work at the household and community level to stop the Ebola outbreak is repeated here: "Transmission is person to person, and in the absence of an effective medical system, it occurs wherever care is given: in households, clinics and hospitals, and where the dead are tended." I also like this piece because it pushes back against the geographic racism that underpins the rich world's response to the Ebola crisis. And, it positions West Africans' skepticism and distrust of 'external experts' within a historical legacy of exploitation and oppression.

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Author:
Paul Farmer
Publisher:
London Review of Books
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