According to Wikipedia the definition of structural violence is as follows “a form of violence wherein some social structure or social institution may harm people by preventing them from meeting their basic needs”. Referring to the reading we had by Paul Farmer I believe he was trying to say that many of the emerging infectious diseases are found in third world countries where they do not have the proper care or resources people need to make themselves better or healthier. This has always been something that is never really talked about in media or brought up in political issues because yes we do send over doctors and missionaries to help adults and children in third world countries but it needs to be stopped before it happens.
I think the world should start now about what they are going to do about infectious diseases. I think that we should start with getting proper nutrition to people and that will solve many things. With the right food and making sure the food is not contaminated because disease spreads very fast through food is a significant thing we could do by having a standard regulation or testing people could do at home to see if their food is contaminated would be very helpful.
The next step the world would need to take is making sure people have access to proper preventative care. If one person gets sick and they don’t have access to a medical station then disease can spread very easily to another person. I believe we have learned that as a country we need to not just think about our selves at this point with medical care because animals and insects can easily spread disease from one country to the next. For example with the Zika virus that mosquitos carry we could have deterred it from entering other countries by making sure people in the origin where the first breakout occurred had proper care and knowledge about it.
The third step we should take is getting knowledge out to people about current infectious diseases. The US does pretty good with telling people to look for certain signs through the news and the internet but with countries with a population that most don’t have access to these things they need to be able to get information out some way also that is fast and effective.
With these things and countries working together for the health of everyone I believe we can control infectious disease outbreaks.
“Structural Violence.” Wikipedia. June 16, 2016. Accessed August 05, 2016. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Structural_violence.