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Pandemics of Inequality: our health under capitalism

Featured Speakers

Nick Dearden, Saleyha Ahsan, Leah Hazard

This event is a part of Radical Book Fair 2023: Revolutionary Feeling series. Click to view more from this festival.

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For some, the COVID-19 pandemic has provided a harsh realisation about global health inequality, and how current systems leave many without access to adequate care. For others, it was part of an all too familiar pattern, experienced through entire lifetimes.

For this essential discussion, we are joined by Nick Dearden, author of Pharmanomics, physician and broadcaster Saleyha Ahsan, and Leah Hazard, midwife and author of Womb. Bringing varied and meaningful insights on the mechanisms that allow some to be cared for and not others, they meet to shine a light on the changes we so desperately need.

Our Speakers

Nick Dearden has been the director of Global Justice Now since 2013, and a campaigner against corporate globalisation and for global economic justice for over 20 years. He has also worked for War on Want, Amnesty International and was director of Jubilee Debt Campaign (now Debt Justice). He has previously written a short book ‘Trade secrets’ about the shelved US-UK trade deal.

Leah Hazard is an NHS midwife and the author of The Father’s Home Birth Handbook, Hard Pushed: A Midwife’s Story (a Sunday Times bestseller) and Womb: The Inside Story of Where We All Began (a New York Times Editors’ Choice, and now translated into 20 languages worldwide). Leah is a frequent commentator on reproductive health and justice across the media, with frequent contributions to the BBC, Sky News, Channel 4, New Statesman, the Guardian and more. She is proud to be a Trustee of Amma Birth Companions, supporting vulnerable and isolated people during the birthing year.

This panel will be chaired by Emily Kenway

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