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Old soul song (for the new world order)

[Just as a preamble – no doubt you are aware of this but one of the sinle biggest determinants of health at all levels is your socio-economic background. And this does not just mean access to clean water and vaccines, it is also true in the affluent west.]

The world health organisation is an odd beast. It swings between saving millions of a lives a year with WHO solution and then trying not to get bogged down in arguments about how to redefine a heart attack using expensive biochemical tests, unavailable to the majority world. They even have a topic on CJD, which while potentially terrifying has not exactly set the world alight. And again largely irrelevant to the majority world as you have be able to afford meat to get it. Incidentally cannibals in the south pacific who eat the brains of their victims have a whole different topic.

But they do come up with wonderful things like this that articulate lots of what is wrong with the world and how to go about making an impact on it.

The BMJ covered it this month and made this great video [i’m afraid i can’t work out how to embed so you’ll have to click the link] with Micahel Marmot (incidentally the next head of the British Medical Association)

I like this guy. I’ll quote him:

…medicine, and in particular surgery is just failed prevention…


social injustice is killing people on a grand scale

My favourite quote (in relation to finding the funding) was this:

…we can find 2500 billion dollars in no time at all…

He refers to what was found in a matter of days to “fix” the financial crisis. He suggests a good start would be using 100 billion to upgrade the slums – where 1 billion people live.

[note it will take 10 billion dollars to provide clean water to the entire world]

He sees the financial crisis as an opportunity to make an impact on social inequality – now is the time to look at how we do our economics and how it affects the world. He suggests that our current method of unregulated markets has been repeatedly shown to fail and now is the time not to repeat it.


August 2022