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Social Injustice and Public Health$
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Barry S. Levy and Victor W. Sidel

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780195171853

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195171853.001.0001

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Infectious Diseases

Infectious Diseases

Social Injustice and Public Health

Joia S. Mukherjee

Paul E. Farmer

Oxford University Press

This chapter describes how social injustice affects the occurrence and severity of infectious diseases. It describes structural inequalities and the disproportionate burden of many infectious diseases on the poor. It identifies roots and underlying factors, including inadequate support for public works and infrastructure, social and economic rights, economic freedom, and access to treatment. It describes what needs to be done to address these problems. The chapter concludes that social justice in global public health requires a commitment to eliminating the structural violence that puts communities at risk and to treating the population's most heavily affected by infectious disease.

Keywords:   HIV/AIDS, prevention, childhood mortality, tuberculosis, malaria, diarrheal diseases, human rights, access

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