What can we do to build a fairer society and a more equitable health arena for all? Are the deeper social determinants of health finally receiving the attention they deserve or is all the talk mere lipservice? Are the current governance mechanisms and policy levers really fit for purpose?
In this episode of the Action for Reset Dialogues, and on the eve of the launch of the Build Back Fairer: The COVID-19 Marmot Review, philosopher and ethicist Dr. Sridhar Venkatapuram meets up with Sir Michael Marmot, one of the world’s most eminent thinkers on the subject. They discuss the urgent call for action posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. Drawing on a lifelong commitment to find solutions for health inequities, the dialogue revolves around core questions of governance and political culture. It touches on the deleterious effects of disinvestments in public health, but also stressed the opportunities the crisis does present to develop new handles for change.
Sir Michael Marmot is Professor of Epidemiology at University College London, Director of the UCL Institute of Health Equity, and Past President of the World Medical Association.Professor Marmot has led research groups on health inequalities for over 40 years. He chairs the Commission on Equity and Health Inequalities in the Americas, set up in 2015 by the World Health Organizations’ Pan-American Health Organization (PAHO/ WHO). He was Chair of the Commission on Social Determinants of Health (CSDH), which was set up by the World Health Organization in 2005, and produced the report entitled: ‘Closing the Gap in a Generation’ in August 2008.
Dr Sridhar Venkatapuram
Sridhar Venkatapuram is Director Global Health Education & Training at King’s College London Global Health Institute, and Associate Professor in Global Health and Philosophy there. He is an academic practitioner in the area of global health ethics and justice. Sridhar has been at the forefront of global health for over 25 years starting as a researcher at Human Rights Watch documenting HIV/AIDS related abuses in India in 1994. His training includes international relations (Brown), history (SOAS), global public health (Harvard), sociology (Cambridge), and political philosophy (Cambridge).