Tag - healthcare

Changing the Face of Health Care in Mozambique

While they waited for the pediatrics ward meeting to begin, the workers at Central Hospital of Maputo were singing. "A luta continua contra a sistema colonial." "The struggle against the colonial system still goes on." Although a ten-year war ended direct Portuguese rule in Mozambique, FRELIMO, the governing party...

A Marxist View of Medical Care

This article surveys the Marxist literature in medical care. The Marxist viewpoint questions whether major improvements in the health system can occur without fundamental changes in the broad social order. One thrust of the field—an assumption also accepted by many non-Marxists—is that the problems of the health...

Organizing for Community Health in Chicago

The following is an abridged and revised transcript of a recent seminar on community health and development given by John L. McKnight. It is reprinted from Development Dialogue, a journal of international development published by the Dag Hammarskjold Foundation, Ovre Slottsgatan 2, 752 20 Uppsala, Sweden (1978:1).

Medical Care and Socialism: Problems and Prospects in Tanzania

Tanzania is an East African country of approximately 16 million people known to many Americans only as the site of Mount Kilimanjaro, Serengeti game park, and the movie "African Queen." The country was a German colony until World War I and subsequently became a British protectorate called Tanganyika until independence...

The False Promise: Professionalism in Nursing

The organizing done by nurses in the last few years shows that we are learning from the examples set by service and technical workers. We will use the same tactics as they do. But our organizing experience has been held back by the influence of the professional associations. Nurses have yet to recognize that these...

The False Promise: Professionalism in Nursing

We're a group of licensed practical nurses (LPNs) and registered nurses (RNs) who have been meeting for over two years to discuss conditions and working relationships in several hospitals in the Boston area. One thing we felt it was important to talk about was the issue of "professionalism", which has continued to...

Lesbian Health Care: Issues and Literature

Lesbians face great discrimination when seeking health care. Although this discrimination can be found in all health-related areas, it is probably most predominant in the areas of gynecology, reproduction and mental health. Most doctors view women in terms of reproduction and assume that all of us either use or need...

Health Care in Zimbabwe: The Medical Drive Needs Your Support

A liberation struggle to return control of Zimbabwe (Rhodesia) to its people has been raging for many years, led by ZANU (Zimbabwe African National Union) which is now a component of the Patriotic Front. The 6 million Africans of Zimbabwe, 96% of the population, are ruled by 1/4 million white settlers. This racist...

Women’s Work in Vietnam

Women's participation has been essential to reconstruction efforts after the Viet Nam War, during which they have made enormous strides towards their own liberation.

Biomedical Research, Politics and Health Policy

In the thirty years from 1945 to the present, federal support for biomedical research has increased over 1000-fold to its current 1.7 billion dollar level. This increase in federal support for biomedical research has not been accompanied by a corresponding increase in federal support for health care. In fact, as shown...