Welcome back for another episode of the Mason Institute Investigates podcast. In this episode, I’m going to share the best parts of Just Emergencies; a podcast produced by my colleague Rebecca Richards (Twitter: @reb_richards) from the Edinburgh Law School. The Just Emergencies podcast series is the result of a Wellcome Seed Award Project called “Vulnerability and justice in global health emergency regulation: developing future ethical models”.
Rebecca examines the term “Global Health Emergencies”, their significance and the general interest in achieving Justice in Global Health Emergencies. Out of the podcast’s 16 episodes, I am going to focus on the Vulnerability series; a set of 6 episodes in which Rebecca talks to guests about the concept of Vulnerability and its application to the recent COVID-19 pandemic.
Now whether the COVID-19 pandemic is officially over or not, these vulnerabilities are persisting till now, and will continue to persist because of the long-term effects of the pandemic. Indeed, the ideas and concepts explored in the Vulnerability series of the Just Emergency podcast are not just limited to global health emergencies but are relevant to current national and global issues.
“Now the phenomenon of vulnerability is not just observed in a pandemic, but can be observed in daily life, in situations where different population groups find it difficult to reach that baseline because of various types of vulnerabilities. … Discrimination, geography, whether you are part of the labouring population, your socioeconomic ranking, and more, all generate vulnerability. And all of these factors contribute to public health.
We have to remember that public health does not operate in a vacuum and health outcomes can be influenced by societal values, the issue of policy, and scarce resources…”
View the accompanying episode transcript (PDF)
For more information, please see the below links to further resources. Happy listening!
Written by Leyla Noury (Twitter: @dheggacad)
Links and further resources:
National Audit Office, ‘Integrated Care Systems Visualisation’ (National Audit Office, 14 October 2022)
‘Mason Institute Investigates’ is produced and edited by the Mason Institute and made with funding from the Edinburgh Law School.
The intro song is ‘Secret to Success’ by Scott Holmes Music
The outro song is ‘Inspirational Outlook’ by Scott Holmes Music