A Place at the Table (2012) – 2

See for this also the article published in February 14, 2013 “Austerity’s children becoming Europe’s `lost Generation´” on the website of “Reuters“.

This article says: “Global charity Caritas said on Thursday that around three out of every 10 children in Greece, Ireland, Portugal, Italy and Spain are in or have been pushed to the brink of poverty. (…).

In a report, Caritas said euro zone countries that have received international loans – plus Italy, which hasn’t – are creating a huge class of poorly-educated and poorly-fed young people with low morale and few job prospects.

“This could be a recipe not just for one lost generation in Europe but for several lost generations,” Caritas said, citing the European Union’s own statistics”.

The austerity measures in Southern Europe (Greece, Portugal, Spain and Italy) seem to have also a massive negative impact on the health care systems in those countries.

See for this the article published in March 27, 2013 “European austerity bad for everyone’s health” in the Austrialian newspaper “The Sydney Morning Herald“.

This article says: “Europe’s financial crisis is costing lives, with suicides and infectious  diseases on the rise, yet politicians are not addressing the problem, health  experts said on Wednesday.

Deep budget cuts and growing unemployment are  tipping more people into depression, and falling incomes mean fewer people can  see their doctors or afford to buy medicines.

The result has been a  reversal since 2007 of a long-term decline in suicide rates, coupled with  worrying outbreaks of diseases including HIV – and even malaria – in Greece,  according to an major analysis of European health in “The Lancet“.

The summary of this analysis of European health titled “Financial crisis, austerity, and health in Europe” which was published in March 27, 2013 in “The Lancet” can be found on the website of this weekly peer-reviewed general medical journal.

The Lancet” is one of the world’s best known, oldest, and most respected general medical journals.

You can find in the WWW an online-pdf-version of this analysis of European health titled “Financial crisis, austerity, and health in Europe” (which is the seventh in a series of seven papers about health in Europe). This online-pdf-version was obviously uploaded by “Der Standard” (an Austrian national daily newspaper published in Vienna).

See for this topic also the article published in 29 April 2013 “Cost of austerity measures is poor health” in the British newspaper “The Daily Telegraph“.

This article says: “The after-effects of the financial crisis is driving a wave of suicide, depression and infectious diseases as medicine and treatment become prohibitively expensive across Europe and North America, according to new research by academics.

After examing a decade of studies , Oxford University political economist David Stuckler and Sanjay Basu, an assistant professor of medicine and an epidemiologist at Stanford University, have concluded austerity is seriously bad for health.

More than 10,000 suicides and up to a million cases of depression have been diagnosed during what they call the “Great Recession” and the austerity that followed it , the pair conclude in a book due to be published this week.

They cite examples in Greece, which has seen the rate of the Aids-causing HIV virus increase by 200pc as the health budget have been cut. The more than 50pc youth unemployment rate has also seen drug abuse on the increase, hastening the spread of the virus.

Greece also experienced its first malaria outbreak in decades following budget cuts to mosquito-spraying programmes.

In Britain, the academics claim 10,000 families have been pushed into homelessness by the austerity budget, and in the US 5m people no longer have access to healthcare since the recession.

Politicians need to take into account the serious – and in some cases profound – health consequences of economic choices,” said Mr Stuckler, a senior researcher at Oxford University and co-author The Body Economic: Why Austerity Kills.

The harms we have found include HIV and malaria outbreaks, shortages of essential medicines, lost healthcare access, and an avoidable epidemic of alcohol abuse, depression and suicide,” he said in a statement. “Austerity is having a devastating effect.”

Previous studies by Mr Stuckler published in journals such as The Lancet and the British Medical Journal have linked rising suicide rates in some parts of Europe to austerity measures, and found HIV epidemics to be spreading amid cutbacks in services to vulnerable people”.

You can find a review of this book “The Body Economic: Why Austerity Kills” written by David Stuckler and Sanjay Basu for example in the British newspaper “The Guardian“. This review “The Body Economic by David Stuckler and Sanjay Basu; When the Money Runs Out by Stephen D King – Review” was published in 26, May 2013.

In the USA a lot of people with low-wage jobs or being on social welfare seem to have real troubles to provision themselves on a daily and regular basis with healthy food which leads also to a lot of dangerous and expensive health-related problems for these people like obesity and diabetes, in particular for the children who don´t have access to healthy food.

I recommend you to watch this documentary film “A Place at the Table” if you want to know about hunger and “food insecurity” in the USA.

In particular the American citizens should know about this problem so they can do something against it. This refers to their own communities (where there might be cases of people suffering from hunger and food insecurity) as much as to the measures that could be taken on the political level. The American citizens and voters should force their politicians to take action against this problem.

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