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How I Reconcile My Chronic Illness and Disability Identities

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I’ve spent several years working as a public health policy expert. During that time, I was advising the most respected medical journals and UN agencies in the world on one thing: how to influence governments so they protect and promote public health.

Prevent chronic diseases. Improve health. My focus was mostly on non-communicable diseases such as lung and heart conditions, diabetes and cancer, but I also worked on the links between climate change and health, malnutrition, vaccines, Universal Health Coverage (UHC), and antimicrobial resistance.

Behind the radio interviews and policy reports, there was me. A disabled woman. A migrant who was struggling with my own health.

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