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PHOTO BLOG: The San people – fighting for better health

by Eric Miller / Health Poverty Action | Health Poverty Action
Friday, 4 October 2013 12:02 GMT

* Any views expressed in this opinion piece are those of the author and not of Thomson Reuters Foundation.

Centuries of discrimination have caused the indigenous San people of Namibia and their neighbours to endure extreme poverty and poor health.

Centuries of discrimination have caused the indigenous San people of Namibia and their neighbours to endure extreme poverty and poor health. Their unique way of life has seen them marginalised from mainstream Namibian culture and prevented from accessing health services. But now the San people and their neighbours are using that distinct culture to generate income, they are fighting to have a say in the running of their local health services, and they are tackling the root causes of their poverty and poor health.

The San people are traditionally hunter-gatherers. One of the ways they make money today is by running a museum for tourists providing information on their culture, and dressing in their traditional clothes to give people an insight into their heritage.