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Susan Bell

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Cultural Context Imperative for Global Health Solutions

[fa icon="calendar'] Sep 22, 2015 7:30:00 AM / by Susan Bell posted in Health Policy, Population Health

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After a catastrophic 7.0 magnitude earthquake ripped through Haiti in 2010, crews posted signs warning against drinking contaminated river water. But since most of the population could not read, the caution went largely unheeded. The well-intended crews lacked cultural understanding — a mistake that resulted in a devastating outbreak of cholera.

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