Friday, November 30, 2012

Hunger, Health and Poverty

I loathe the groups whose goal it is to eliminate ________ [choose one: poverty, unemployment, malaria, cancer]. We will always have those who have less and more than others. We will always have cancer, disease, and face particular issues. What we need to do is understand why a situation exists and to reduce the effects of our most needy citizens. We have food banks, breakfast programs, and universal healthcare in Canada. We cannot eliminate the need for such, but we can support our most vulnerable citizens. We have grandparents raising grandchildren, seniors caring for ailing seniors, and the caregiving cycle continues.

WHO | Social determinants of health

The social determinants of health are the conditions in which people are born, grow, live, work and age, including the health system. These circumstances are shaped by the distribution of money, power and resources at global, national and local levels. The social determinants of health are mostly responsible for health inequities - the unfair and avoidable differences in health status seen within and between countries.
TVO: "Why Poverty?" -- a cross-media event reaching more than 500 million people around the world. To learn more, visit the Health Providers Against Poverty website and read a Huffington Post op-ed by Dr. Bloch "A Healthier Society Starts with Income Equality." For more information on the Nutritious Food Basket visit the Toronto Public Health website. You can find a comparison between the Nutritious Food Basket and social assistance rates in the  (PDF) 2010 Board Report.

A day in the life of a child living in poverty
On now, we ask: Is the care of impoverished Canadians everyone's responsibility? Part of our  series  ^abt

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