On Thursday 3rd June 2021, Anuj Kapilashrami facilitated an incredible discussion with Sridhar Venkatapuram, David McCoy and Guppi Bola in the launch event for the People's Health Watch.
You can watch the whole webinar below - join Anuj, Sridhar, Dave and Guppi as they reflect on their personal journeys, the roots of health injustice, and the importance of resistance and reimagining as we build power in the struggle for health justice.
The Covid-19 crisis has had devastating implications for so many people. However, as we know, this devastation has hit care homes more than most. This description highlights the context in care homes that existed prior to the pandemic, showing the politics and priorities that exacerbated the situation.
AN APPROACH TO CHALLENGE THE STATUS QUO.
The People’s Health Watch looks at a broad interpretation of the factors that impact on our health, as do many other organisations including Health Poverty Action. Consequently, what gets taught in schools, as well as what is not taught, is relevant to our health.
This entry from Health Poverty Action provides an example of an approach to challenge the status quo that can be adopted for working across different sectors.
Global Poverty and its Colonial Roots: A Re-education
This has been a year like no other. The Black Lives Matter movement has added to the existing urgency to re-examine what young people are taught in schools, what is left out of their education and the reasons why.
A People’s Health Watch needs to be vigilant in watching Government. This blog examines the UK Government's response to COVID 19 from the perspective of good government.
According to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), trust in government is based on integrity, fairness and openness, assuring citizens that the government is working in their interest, and not that of a select few. It is also about competence, responsiveness and reliability in delivering public services and anticipating new needs.
What is meant by a ‘participatory movement’? I like to use the term very loosely to describe any action(s) taken by a person(s) to push for change. This could range from an individual starting a petition calling on MPs to provide free school meals, a group of students at a university holding a rent strike in response to their university’s lack of support for their students mental health or an organisation that builds public support for its campaigns against a new UK-US trade deal. But one thing which is key is that it is ‘people’ powered. They are movements of people making noise and pushing for change on issues which affect them and others around them.
The BBC has very helpfully put together a chart of private sector involvement in the Test and Trace system for Covid-19 and this is reproduced below. The UK Prime Minister, Boris Johnson deliberately refers to these arrangements as being an NHS system and that they were set up in the face of the enormity of the pandemic as it was the best way to respond quickly and effectively. But we at Peoples’ Health Watch know differently. There is a definite, purposeful pattern here which is further confirmed by the scandal that surrounds the provision of Personal Protective Equipment which the National Audit Office itself has deemed as highly unsatisfactory.