In an editorial board op-ed, the New York Times has featured the FXB Center for Health and Human Rights of Harvard University, as well as its director, Dr. Mary Bassett, to highlight the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on black and Hispanic minorities in the United States.
All across the world, the sanitary crisis, as well as its social and economic consequences, strongly affects the most vulnerable populations and communities, shedding some light on entrenched inequalities in terms of healthcare access, economic opportunities and food security, among others.
In the U.S., black and Hispanic communities are particularly vulnerable to the current crisis, and account for a disproportionate share of the new infection cases and coronavirus-related deaths.
The FXB Chair for Health and Human Rights at Harvard University was created in 1992, followed by the FXB Center the year after. Based on the pioneer work of Jonathan Mann, who was the Center’s first director, the FXB Center at Harvard University focuses on the link between human rights, social justice and healthcare, and works to put universal access to healthcare services at the core of any development program against poverty and for vulnerable and marginalized communities.
You can read the full New York Times article right here.