The Hegemony Of The Male Doctor

As we advocate for task shifting, we should question the hierarchy within the medical profession, which in the first place gave way to such exclusion.

hosp_poorIn the 1800s, when medicine became institutionalized, the doctor took over from the midwife, who until them provided obstetric care and safe abortion services in her home. While institutionalization does bring some order and regulation to service delivery, the exclusion of midlevel providers sidelined the importance of an entire sub-class of the task force, and subordinated their role to that of the doctors. Such subordination has hurt access to health care, and the health of patients.

In this video below, Dr. Amar Jesani, the Founder of the Forum For Medical Ethics discusses the role of gender and the place occupied by the female caregiver, both doctor and mid-level provider, in such a patriarchal system.

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About Shweta Krishnan

Shweta Krishnan was the Communication and Networking Officer For the Asia Safe Abortion Partnership between June 2012 and March 2014. She is a feminist writer with a background in medicine, and has a strong commitment to promoting sexual and reproductive rights for all.
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