News at Medicine - November 2016 - Renowned scholar in globalization and health visits Memorial

Renowned scholar in globalization and health visits Memorial
November 7, 2016
By Darlene Tobin

On Oct. 28, Dr. Ronald Labonté, a renowned scholar in globalization and health, lectured graduate students of Community Health and Humanities on the impact of globalization on our health.

Dr. Ronald Labonté on his visit to Memorial Photo by Jennifer Armstrong
A full professor at the University of Ottawa’s School of Epidemiology, Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Dr. Labonté is a Canada Research Chair in Globalization and Health Equity, with research interests in ethics, human rights and global health development, global migration of health workers, revitalization of comprehensive primary health care, global health diplomacy and globalization and the health of Canadians.
Speaking about three waves of global neoliberal policies across the globe, Dr. Labonté showed data on the rise of relative poverty and income and wealth inequality across the globe, not just between countries but also within countries. He presented data showing the negative impacts of the neoliberal policies on the health populations could be seen in both developed and developing countries.
Dr. Labonté suggested that progressive taxation, public investment in social infrastructure such as health and education, and public engagement against austerity could be the way to go to address sustainable development goals.
After his lecture, Dr. Labonté interacted with students, listening to their comments and responding their questions in two different sessions.