TEDxRainier talk: Global health needs solidarity, not charity

Here’s a video of the UW’s Dr. Wendy Johnson, director of new initiatives at Health Alliance International, at a recent TEDxRainier talk.

Johnson says that many of our international health efforts are “still based on the model of charity, like giving handouts to the homeless.” Too many of Seattle’s global health projects are based on technological fixes, she says, the magic bullet approach.

What’s needed, Johnson says, is a “new paradigm” for global health based on solidarity, on a recognition of our common bonds and interests, not charity.

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