Covid-19 demonstrates the fragility of all societies where large sections of the world’s population, even within the richest states, lack access to good healthcare. Achieving healthcare for all is one of the greatest challenge’s facing us today. In trying to escape the present pandemic, we see that any path ahead cannot rely on medical research alone, but requires other forms of innovation.
Approaching this challenge as one that crosses multiple fields of knowledge, in Autumn 2020 the Precision Health and Everyday Democracy (PHED) project held its first Commission on the Future of Healthcare Post Covid-19. With a series of oral and written submissions from a mix of healthcare practitioners, researchers, and activists, we collected information primarily on the situation in Sweden, with comparison to France, and the United Kingdom. The testimonies provided are summarised as written reports, available here.
Now in Spring 2021, the Commission is focused on the international level, with a series of submissions invited from practitioners and researchers focused on the wider question of how to achieve good healthcare for all in an unequal world.
Public session #1: Tuesday 16th March 14-16:00 CET. Researching Global Health Inequality.
Terje Eikemo and Emil Øversveen. Centre for global health inequalities research (CHAIN https://www.ntnu.edu/chain/). This first session discusses how human health is impacted by other social goods, like access to education, as well as the history of global health inequalities research as a field seeking to enhance human well-being and social justice.
Public session #2: Tuesday 30th March 14-16:00 CET. The Role of New Technologies in Health Equity.
Stefanos Spaneas, University of Nicosia;
The session provides a comprehensive overview of the types of applications through which healthcare access and efficacy can be enhanced, as well as considering the potential for increasing access for marginalised groups, including newly arrived refugees.
Public session #3: Tuesday 20th April 14-16:00 CET. Is global health coverage possible?
Kristina Mauer-Stender, Team Leader, Country Support and Emergencies Division, World Health Organization.
Robert Yates, Director, Global Health Programme, Chatham House, Royal Institute of International Affairs; Executive Director, Centre for Universal Health.
With an introduction by Kerstin Tham, Vice-chancellor of Malmö University.
The economic and societal impact of the Covid-19 pandemic shows that a lack of healthcare for some, threatens the security of everyone. However, this realisation runs counter to a world of increasing inequality and in which vulnerable groups like migrants are often excluded from healthcare.
Public session #4: Tuesday 27th April 14-16:00 CET. Intersectionality in health inequality and Covid-19.
Lisa Bowleg, George Washington University.
Alyna Smith, Senior Advocacy Officer – Health, Justice & Legal Strategies, PICUM.
Covid-19 has worst hit the richest countries in the world, but within those countries it is the marginalised groups that have paid the largest price. This session welcomes presentations from two globally renowned experts on the impact of health inequities upon marginalised groups, with a particular focus on race, as well as irregular citizenship.
Public session #5: Tuesday 4th May 14-16:00 CET. Civil Society in health equality – refugees and Covid-19
Johanna Saunders, Senior Advisor @ Swedish Red Cross
Anastasios Yfantis, Operations Director @ Doctors of the World, Greece
Civil society has proved essential during Covid-19, whether seen as a supplement to the state or, rather, a temporary solution to a wider process of retreat by public institutions from social welfare provision. This session will hear from experienced experts active within two of the world’s most respected civil society organisations.
Public session #6: Tuesday 1st June 14-16:00 CET. The role of public knowledge and government regulation in achieving good healthcare.
Brett Craig, Consultant, COVID-19 Vaccine Acceptance and Demand, World Health Organization, Regional Office for Europe
Mahama Tawat, Research Fellow, Montpellier Advanced knowledge Institute on Transitions (MAKIT), Montpellier University and Research Associate, MIM, Malmö University
Lee Jones, Queen Mary University of London.
Public perceptions of health and medical advice remains a constant issue within attempts to both encourage sensible precautions to reduce the spread of Covid-19, as well as ensuring sufficient uptake of vaccinations. Yet, we have seen examples of disinformation at the very highest levels of government, whether over the seriousness of the pandemic, or how to ensure optimal distribution of vaccinations. This session will discuss these issues with respect to the global situation, as well as drawing upon examples from a few key states, including the UK.
Public session #7: Tuesday 15th June 14-16:00 CET. Undocumented migrants and other marginalized groups during the pandemic.
Rathi Ramji, PhD student at Care Science, Malmö university
This session hears from researchers involved in studying both the unequal impact of Covid-19 on marginalised groups like undocumented migrants, but also the role of everyday individuals in building resilience against the pandemic.