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“The unbreakable bond: health and culture “

Providing the framework for good health involves multiple factors, writes Sarah Syed, 20, a Correspondent in Toronto, Canada, including the viewpoints of different cultural values and approaches.

Health is a human right. To deprive an individual of resources and access to treatment for health is to deny them of a means that is needed for everyday life. Access to healthcare also involves the need for a culturally competent and holistic system of healthcare for patients.

Health is an abstract concept with a great deal of ambiguity attached to the term, which can make it challenging to define. The World Health Organization defines health as “a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease and infirmity.” Therefore, health entails multiple factors that influence the well-being of individuals, and in turn, multiple outlooks in approaching illness.

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