Social Responsibility of the Health Professional. What role do we, as physicians, play in addressing the social routes of ill health? Duties beyond the clinic/hospital setting “ Political action ” vs. “ social responsibility ”. Goals of engaging in socially responsible health promotion.
play in addressing
the social routes of ill health?
& cultural (gender roles) infrastructure
* leading cause of mortality (< 25yrs.)
* a dominant contributor to mortality worldwide
Injury is the leading cause of death and disability for children in the US.
(1/2 of child mortality) per year.
20 admissions and
200 cases of morbidity
Young, uneducated, multiparous mothers not seeking prenatal care,
Firearms Falls MVCs
from all communications
and comments on its
Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF)
not where allowed
violations and blocked relief
to testimony, open advocacy
and outright denunciation when
working with endangered populations
“MSF questions the appropriateness of humanitarian medical and psychological assistance when, in the presence of internationally mandated protection forces, the fundamental rights of people are being denied.”
“Refugee camps are the emergency departments of international public health. Over the past few years, the emergency departments have filled and patients are lining up for admission.”
Documentation is also helpful for survivors to find resolution for missing and killed family members.
“Public health is based on the assumption that this is not a fatalistic world, that risks can be reduced by identifying and developing interventions that lower the risk and implementing those interventions. The risk of arms, violence, conflict, can be measured and reduced by conscious deliberate acts. The crucial step is to recognize this risk as a public health problem.” – Bill Foege.
Alternative – positive sanctions
Military force accompanying health initiatives
Military force to improve conditions for health
“Waging war is evil, but sometimes
it is the much lesser evil.” – Sheri Fink