Amruta Byatnal is an Associate Editor at Devex. She reports on global health and human rights, with a special focus on the politics of international food policy. Previously, she worked for News Deeply and The Hindu. She is a graduate of Cornell University where she studied international development.
In this video explainer, Devex looks at how colonial mentality in the development sector has been affecting the COVID-19 response, why that is important to address right now, and what it will really take to decolonize global health.
As countries around the world struggle to contain the coronavirus, inequalities brought about by existing imbalanced power structures are resurfacing, resulting in growing calls to decolonize global health.
To help combat COVID-19, nonprofit organizations and U.N. agencies rely on influencers within communities who are trusted. However, in places where discrimination and lack of trust abound, they are also confronted with the limited power they have.
To forge successful partnerships with private organizations in order to achieve UHC, experts say the willingness of governments to acknowledge gaps and limitations in the health care system will be key.
After 1.9 million people were excluded from a citizen's list in India, thousands of trained lawyers are required to support people through the byzantine process — something experts say the legal system in is not ready for.
The scale of the problem of malnutrition requires different sectors to work together. Malnutrition is a health issue, but it cannot be solved without getting actors from agriculture, food industry, sanitation, finance, and gender development on board.