Sunday, August 22, 2010

Want to see this.

In college, I was a part of a student group on campus known as GlobeMed. It was a FABULOUS, passionate group to be a part of and I miss them desperately. (It's a nation-wide group so check out if your campus has it.) Anyways, we met weekly and discussed issues of global health- the practicalities and the impracticalities and the necessity of global health equity.

Many times, religious belief stands in the way of health care. Being extremely interested in religion on multiple levels (I hope to teach religion on a college level one day- a dream I become more and more passionate about daily), I am naturally drawn to this impediment of health care. Oftentimes, it is the belief in witchcraft that hinders medical treatment. For example, a member of a community who suffers from leprosy will be shunned and isolated or even killed by the community for the belief that the sick man or woman is full of an evil spirit and literally DESERVES to be sick because of something he or she did to deserve it instead of receiving medical treatment. There is rarely an actual known reason of the evil deed of the person and is a superstition that obviously needs to be changed. Anyways, this movie seems to attest to this challenge in global health. It makes health care a big second to education in many ways in these areas of the world whereas it's often health care that needs to come first. After all, can't learn if you can't breath.

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