'Ethiopians like injections': Stereotypes, language barriers and a failure of care
The issue of Ethiopian women receiving Depo-Provera contraceptive shots could have been vastly reduced in scale if professional translators were available, and if medical professionals had not fallen back on assumptions about what treatment best suited patients.
Gabra* was forty-something years old and dying of cervical cancer. I was accompanying one of the doctors from my medical school's faculty – in southern Israel - to a home hospice visit, and the doctor was explaining that until a few weeks ago, Gabra had not even known that she had cancer. It was too late to treat her now and all the doctor could do was try to manage her pain.
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