Scenario: Cardiovascular and Infectious Diseases From a Sudanese Lens
Baruti is a 67-year-old farmer from Sudan. He has been migrating to other farming communities over the last few years. He has reported a family history of coronary vascular disease, with most males in his family dying in their 40s and 50s. Since last week, he has been experiencing weight loss, chronic cough, night sweats, and bloody sputum. His tuberculosis test shows a positive diagnosis. He is presently living in a community with a low literacy rate and limited healthcare availability.
Additionally, read the Sudan: Tuberculosis on the Rise in Sudan report for additional perspective on the rise of tuberculosis in Sudan.
Apply your disciplinary perspective to evaluate the chronic cardiovascular and infectious disease risks implied by the case. In other words, defend your professional viewpoint regarding the most important factors that contribute to the health challenges. Then, in your responses, work as a group to refine those initial assessments.
Apply a global health perspective related to addressing chronic cardiovascular diseases illustrated in this case. Which factors are most important in understanding Baruti’s cardiovascular disease diagnosis (for example, age, genetic predisposition, access to healthcare)? Be sure to substantiate your claims with evidence.
Apply a global health perspective to addressing the infectious disease illustrated in this case. Which factors are most important in understanding Baruti’s infectious disease diagnosis (for example, socioeconomic group or migrant status)? Be sure to substantiate your claims with evidence.