Decolonising healthcare

15 September 2022 - 16:00

Queen's Building, Lecture Theatre 1.12, De Montfort University

Event duration: 60 minutes 


Cast your mind back to the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. You might remember reports of higher numbers of people from certain Minority Ethnic groups being more severely impacted by the virus. It was later acknowledged that this discrepancy was driven by social, not biological reasons. 

This is just one of many examples where racial injustice can have a huge influence on how people experience and deliver healthcare, perpetuating health inequalities. 

Annabel Sowemimo from Decolonising Contraception and King's College London is a Community Sexual & Reproductive Health Registrar with a background in medical anthropology and will give this year’s Medical Sciences Section Presidential Address. In it, she’ll unpick how the legacy of colonialism and race have shaped, and continue to shape, healthcare in the UK.