Danyaal Raza's blog

The Canadian Medical Association: From Profit to Equity

Submitted by Danyaal Raza on August 20, 2012 - 19:13

The recent annual meeting of the Canadian Medical Association was remarkable for a number of reasons. Most notably, for its explicit focus on health equity and the social determinants of health. Though the link between health and factors like education, housing and income has been well-established for some time, never before has the medical association so openly acknowledged it - and they've done so with great gusto. What is equally remarkable is how far and how quickly the organization shifted from a 'pro-profit to 'pro-people’ agenda.

Access to Abortion in Malawi

Submitted by Danyaal Raza on June 13, 2012 - 14:53

Since January, my Fellowship in Global Health & Vulnerable Populations has taken me to St. Gabriel's Hospital, a rural district hospital in Malawi. For the past two months, I’ve been tending to the bedside of patients in St. Gabriel’s Female Ward.

Health Provider Action & Media Coverage of IFHP Reform

Submitted by Danyaal Raza on May 20, 2012 - 02:53

The proposed Interim Federal Health Program cuts (discussed further here) have not only motivated individual physicians to action, but also mobilized groups of health providers nation wide.

Interim Federal Health, Bill C-31, Jason Kenney & Refugee Health – a Primer

Submitted by Danyaal Raza on May 20, 2012 - 02:38

Jason Kenney, Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism, has been a very busy man as of late. In less than five months, he has sought to redefine Canada’s threshold for asylum seekers and to tighten the handshake that welcomes them to their new home. For those in the medical community providing care for and advocating on behalf of refugee patients, these efforts have caused considerable consternation.

The Politics of Health

Submitted by Danyaal Raza on May 19, 2012 - 16:18
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As the newest member of the Open Medicine blog team, you can expect posts from me that focus on the intersection of health and elected politics. If I had started posting some months ago, you might have seen stories on the 2014 health accord, the health scandals in Alberta/defection of Raj Sherman and the recent ICES report on primary health care reform in Ontario.