Challenges for our health   The Nurses Association of Jamaica (UK)             20th October 2007                Cashain Da...
• People of visible African ancestry  across the globe share a common  destiny of experiencing discrimination  resulting i...
“Diaspora” is a biblical concept traditionally employed to describe    the forced dispersion of Jews        amongst the Ge...
South Africa or Mexico ?
St Croix or Comunbia ?
Ecuador or South Africa ?
London or Copenhagen ?
Haiti or America ?
Brazil or Sudan ?
London or Prague ?
Italy or Grenada ?
A repeating pattern• Black Americans are still more likely to  be poorer than whites• Black people in UK live in the poore...
But what about theyouth/children ?
‘The threat to children and children’s(health) is not video violence, but lack of  culture among role models in society’  ...
• Being amongst the the  most vulnerable  members of society,  children are dependant  on adults for their  cultural orien...
Health determinants        Genetics •    Challenge notions about inferiority    Environment •     Change approach to make ...
So what can we          do ?
If you want your eggs tohatch, sit on them yourself.         Haitian proverb
12 pointers to health Black life   Haki Madhabuti         •Clinicians / Practitioners        •Commissioning / planning    ...
1. Self Knowledge• The Ethiopians say, ‘a         cat may go to a  monastery, but she still          remains a cat’   • Th...
2. Be family orientated          • Every individual            needs loving people            in his or her life.         ...
3. Engage in Community life              • The major function of a                working community is                to m...
4. Avoid Stress  • Most people worry too muchabout things that     they cannot         change.   • Slow down.  • Seek qual...
5. Develop critical thinking • It has become easier to           believe than think.         • people who think   critical...
6. Exercise discipline• Knowing when to say no    and knowing ones own     limitations is critical to              self-di...
7. Personal health plan• Mind and body are connected; each person must  have a program that will keep him or her healthy.•...
8. Spiritual search       • Always seek the         answers to the         reasons for life. The         religion one     ...
9. Cultural Interaction                           • Become more                             involved in our cultural      ...
10. Self reliance and ambition• Become more self-reliant     in economics, politics           and education. • Prepare you...
11. Be Creative• Enjoy life and do what brings you happiness.• If you do not have a hobby or art in which you  partake, th...
12. Adapting to Change• The world is a far different world than it  was 100, 50 or 30 yrs ago.• Learn to be adaptable to c...
Thank youcashain.david@ujima.org.          ukhttp://www.ujimagroup.org.uk/
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  1. 1. Challenges for our health The Nurses Association of Jamaica (UK) 20th October 2007 Cashain David Ujima Health & Social Care
  2. 2. • People of visible African ancestry across the globe share a common destiny of experiencing discrimination resulting in inadequate health
  3. 3. “Diaspora” is a biblical concept traditionally employed to describe the forced dispersion of Jews amongst the GentilesImages from the Diaspora
  4. 4. South Africa or Mexico ?
  5. 5. St Croix or Comunbia ?
  6. 6. Ecuador or South Africa ?
  7. 7. London or Copenhagen ?
  8. 8. Haiti or America ?
  9. 9. Brazil or Sudan ?
  10. 10. London or Prague ?
  11. 11. Italy or Grenada ?
  12. 12. A repeating pattern• Black Americans are still more likely to be poorer than whites• Black people in UK live in the poorest areas• Afro-Ecuadorians live in dire poverty• Brazil’s Black populations concentrated in largely urban areas (Favelas)
  13. 13. But what about theyouth/children ?
  14. 14. ‘The threat to children and children’s(health) is not video violence, but lack of culture among role models in society’ Bengt Gorransson, Swedish Minister for Culture, 1982
  15. 15. • Being amongst the the most vulnerable members of society, children are dependant on adults for their cultural orientation and role models and for their health awareness and care.
  16. 16. Health determinants Genetics • Challenge notions about inferiority Environment • Change approach to make impact on causes Lifestyle • Support insight and ability to chooseService provision • Community knowledge to improve access and experience
  17. 17. So what can we do ?
  18. 18. If you want your eggs tohatch, sit on them yourself. Haitian proverb
  19. 19. 12 pointers to health Black life Haki Madhabuti •Clinicians / Practitioners •Commissioning / planning •Parents and members of the community
  20. 20. 1. Self Knowledge• The Ethiopians say, ‘a cat may go to a monastery, but she still remains a cat’ • The more a person understands his or her mind and body, the less they will try to destroy it.
  21. 21. 2. Be family orientated • Every individual needs loving people in his or her life. • People are shaped by other people and culture. We learn self- love and self-worth in functional families.
  22. 22. 3. Engage in Community life • The major function of a working community is to make the lives of all it’s residents liveable and enjoyable. • Like the trees of the forest; when a community fails the residents are in trouble.
  23. 23. 4. Avoid Stress • Most people worry too muchabout things that they cannot change. • Slow down. • Seek quality rather than quantity
  24. 24. 5. Develop critical thinking • It has become easier to believe than think. • people who think critically about the world are doers, problem solvers.• They are always looking for better answers.
  25. 25. 6. Exercise discipline• Knowing when to say no and knowing ones own limitations is critical to self-discipline. • Part of the discipline process is to separate desires from needs and prioritise ones life
  26. 26. 7. Personal health plan• Mind and body are connected; each person must have a program that will keep him or her healthy.• Walk when possible, cycle, swim, visit the gym, eat with moderation
  27. 27. 8. Spiritual search • Always seek the answers to the reasons for life. The religion one practices is not as important as the practice itself. • Study all spiritual paths.
  28. 28. 9. Cultural Interaction • Become more involved in our cultural celebrations. Kwaanza (Dec 26th - Jan 1st), Martin Luther King, Malcolm X and Marcus Garvey birthday celebrations.•The major point is that all people, if they areto be themselves, must be surrounded andsubmersed in one’s own culture.
  29. 29. 10. Self reliance and ambition• Become more self-reliant in economics, politics and education. • Prepare your children to start, operate and succeed in their own businesses.
  30. 30. 11. Be Creative• Enjoy life and do what brings you happiness.• If you do not have a hobby or art in which you partake, think about learning something new.
  31. 31. 12. Adapting to Change• The world is a far different world than it was 100, 50 or 30 yrs ago.• Learn to be adaptable to change, to see change coming and initiate change.
  32. 32. Thank youcashain.david@ujima.org. ukhttp://www.ujimagroup.org.uk/

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