Unnecessary Barriers

The increase in walled borders between nations, from fewer than 20 in 1989 to nearly 70 in 2015, mirrors a rise in isolationism, xenophobia, and resentment that is anathema to global health, argues Chris Simms of Canada’s Dalhousie University.
Simms says border walls prevent community-building and shared responsibility, two bedrock principles of global health. In fact, he says global health’s most valuable successes have resulted from reaching out, not keeping out. For instance, in the 1980s, one Tanzanian hospital removed the walls from its compound and began practicing community-based medicine, which then positioned it to better respond to the HIV/AIDS crisis.
Source: The Lancet Global Health Blog (commentary)

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