A participation was recently launched on Change.org, an online petition platform, to campaign for “medical education to be representative of the society in which we live”. In this case, that the peculiarities of “blacks, Asians and other ethnic minorities” in the West are taken into account in the diagnosis by doctors and that these peculiarities are taught in medical schools. A completely integrated approach Malone Mukwende, a Zimbabwean medical year student at an institution in the British capital. This Wednesday, the young student was interviewed by Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie.
“Because it shouldn’t be like that”
Angelina Jolie, Oscar-winning actress and special correspondent for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, is also a correspondent for the American news magazine TIME. This Wednesday, the journalist Malone Mukwende offered a skylight to talk about his project “Mind The Gap” and its scope. Malone Mukwende, medical student at St. He thought about how to solve the problem and is now working on a manual to solve the problem: “Mind The Gap”
According to the 21-year-old student, there is a language and a culture that exist in the medical profession. A culture that wants almost all of the empirical knowledge conveyed in textbooks to be based only on the Western population. “However, medical symptoms can present very differently on black and brown skin, which can lead to misdiagnosis, suffering and even death.” “Because it shouldn’t happen like that,” Malone Mukwende decided, with the support and help of a college of professors, to tackle the matter directly.
And Angelina Jolie to tell him during the interview that she is well able to testify to this fact, being a mother of different origins herself. “I have children from different backgrounds, and I know that each rash looked drastically different depending on the color of your skin. But every time I looked at the medical record, the reference point was always white skin, ”said the actress. For Mukwende there was a gap in the teaching to close and he tried to do that with ” Mind the gap ”, a book compilation of “pictures and descriptions of different conditions (symptoms) on darker skin”.