As I am writing this blog, I am double-thinking as to whether or not I should continue eating the sandwich I am holding in my hand. Throughout my life, I have not personally witnessed the consequences of socioeconomic inequality. As time passes, globally, the economy is improving, yet the growing gap between the privileged and the destitute continues to expand. With an increase in food supply internationally and the advancements in technology, why then does the issue of inequality and health disparities persist? I believe it is because there is an imbalance in power which in return causes some populations attain prosperous lives while others suffer with socioeconomic hardships.
The introduction in Dying for Growth by Millen et al. mentions how the topic of reaching out to poverty-stricken populations is a moral duty for humans worldwide, yet many people are neglected. Luckily, there are organizations committed to taking action. To avoid the rate of mortality, especially among those in the third world countries, UNICEF has outlined the aspects of life that these areas need improvement in and help make differences for a better tomorrow. It is challenge to make revolutionary changes to populations that have not undergone improvements like the developed world has, but with time and a commitment from all to have change for the better, then the quality of life can be improved for millions.
In the near future, my group and I will focus on how violence and trauma has a direct affect on the inhabitants of Sudanand how in return, they suffer from malnutrition and disease. Villages have been destroyed, and the lack of access to life essentials calls for an outcry for help. The following link provides several basic facts on the ongoing situation in the Sudan region.
Now, as I take a bite into my sandwich, I realize that I am fortunate than many by far, and instead of feeling guilty for eating a healthy sandwich, I will continue educating myself on this matter and in return be an advocate for socioeconomic equality, including health and nutrition interventions that can steer deprived populations into a more tolerable one.