Structural Violence is the ways in which social structures harm or disadvantage individuals. These issues are not easily recognized when referring to illness and disease. This is mainly due to the knowledge that those in power usually tend to hide. As we understand there is a difference in health care systems across the world. Developed nations such as the United States tend to have a better care system than less developed countries much like those on Africa. Therefore as a result have less breakouts and spreads of infectious diseases. In many other areas this is not necessarily true as I mentioned briefly the countries in Africa. Ebola outbreak is one of the many examples of the health care system difference in terms of infectious disease outbreaks. So it seems the less money the less chance for health or even life. As noted in from lecture health care can be more political and economic than it should be. This in itself seems it should be a crime to having the underprivileged suffer, which again can describe some structural violence. As we have learned from Paul Farmer social arrangements that put individuals and populations in harm’s way are described as social because their power in economics and or political.
I think that to fight other infectious diseases much like Ebola our world should invest in ways to equally distribute funding for health care. If there is better funding it will be easier for doctors to prevent and stop the spread of these disease. Otherwise these health professionals have to work hard with the limited resources they do have. With better health care that leads to better living environments or measures to prevent becoming ill. Upon reading the NCBI Bookshelf 17.6 million people in low and middle income countries die from communicable diseases. But the numbers are much lower for those in developed countries. From this reading many of these deaths are preventable if given the proper resources most are which cost. Cost effectiveness highlights the one of many burdens that we need to improve for better health care results in under develop countries and more than double the number of lives saved.
I think to change the deaths of communicable diseases under developed countries we must start with allocating funding properly to both developed and under developed nations. The structural violence can be controlled if those in higher power use the politics and economics to do so.
Paul Farmer, Partner to the Poor, http://anthropology.msu.edu/anp370-us16/files/2015/05/5.2-Farmer.pdf
The Healthcare Imperative
Institute of Medicine (US) Roundtable on Evidence-Based Medicine – http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK53944/