The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic hit the world’s wealthiest countries first, shaping global public health responses and messaging. As the pandemic escalates in low-income and middle-income countries (LMICs), there is a growing call to identify locally tailored solutions.
Because outbreaks are not only public health emergencies, but also political and socioeconomic emergencies, we can learn from African Ebola and cholera responses and avoid “biomedical tunnel vision” by actively addressing wider socioeconomic and health inequities.
Otherwise, the pandemic response might do more harm than good. Practical social justice—linking principles of justice with actions tailored to specific contexts—can help to guide decisions. We offer five key points to inform decision making in LMICs grounded in principles of social justice.
SOURCE: “An appeal for practical social justice in the COVID-19 global response in low-income and middle-income countries.” The Lancet Glob Health, May 14, 2020.
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