The following is a project created by Lucas Gioiosa for the Global Pandemics in an Unequal World taught by Prof. Sakiko Fukuda-Parr.
My personal narrative surrounding public health has been shaped by taking care of a terminally ill family member and my Peace Corps service as a
health volunteer in Mozambique. Having processed both of these experiences and then faced with the new reality of COVID-19, I decided to further reflect on the perception of public health through the lives of rural Virginians and Mozambicans. In this paper, I draw on more similarities than differences between the two communities surrounding public health and the inequalities that exist in both places. It is apparent that it is worth investing
in grassroots public health and fostering the power of community, in order to combat the mutual suffering caused by COVID-19.
Click below to read the full paper: