Who is responsible for our health?  

I’ve spent the past two days engaging in informal conversations throughout a spice market in Grenada to learn more about Grenadians’ experiences with various reproductive health topics. Our conversations typically started with a general discussion about everyday life, but slowly lead into more sensitive topics about health.

Given that women make up a large portion of the vendors in the market, the informal interviews I conducted were mainly with women who were 30 and older. In order to ensure it would be culturally appropriate for me to speak with women about reproductive health in public, I asked for reassurance from my Grenadian site supervisor. She said that most Grenadian women would be very open to talking–and she was exactly right!

Both the women and the men that spoke with in the market were very open about their personal health, familial health, and the health of the community. Their openness made it very easy to talk about the sensitive reproductive health topics and their words showed that they really cared about the health of their community as a whole.

One conversation that really resonated with me was with a woman who asked me who determines the health of the public and whose responsibility it is to educate the public, prevent disease, and protect the health of women. We discussed this topic for a while and I really enjoyed hearing her perspective on who is responsible for promoting and protecting women’s health and the health of the nation. But I’m also curious to hear what other bloggers think: Who do you think is responsible for our health?

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