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Sarah K Edwards

Head of Policy and Campaigns at Health Poverty Action

Sarah has been working in international development for more than a decade. She currently works at Health Poverty Action and has previously worked at Jubilee Debt Campaign, Anti-Slavery International, the Catholic Housing Aid Society and student campaign group SPEAK, as well as working for MP Stephen Timms. Sarah has also lived and worked in South and South East Asia.

Human Rights Must Take Precedent Over Intellectual Property Rights

As duty bearers of human rights, it is the responsibility of states to ensure that their citizens are able to realise their rights. The High Level Panel's recommendations are set to come out in June and will be addressed to heads of state. It is yet to be known whether these recommendations will have an accountability mechanism attached to them so it may well fall to civil society to hold governments to account.
26/04/2016 16:17 BST

NHS Staffing Issues Are Part of a Wider Global Crisis

In the UK, NHS staffing is at the top of the news agenda with the reliance on agency staff as a result of NHS shortages making the headlines. Health worker shortages are not just an issue for the UK however. Globally we are short of 7.2million. This is more than just a shortage - this is a crisis.
03/06/2015 17:13 BST

The Role of Data in Breaking the Cycle of Poverty

Most commentators agree that the Millennium Development Goals which expire this year have failed to address these kinds of issues. The Sustainable Development Goals that are planned to replace these after 2015 aim to 'leave no one behind' and commit to a 'data revolution' to ensure these groups are counted. Much effort will be needed at every level in the months and years to come to translate well-meaning words into reality.
22/05/2015 10:39 BST

Stop Denying People Their Right to Health

Across the world, ethnic and cultural minorities are marginalised and experiencing more poverty and worse health outcomes than the rest of the population, but there is a lack of statistical information around this. By measuring national averages, the MDGs cover up this situation and fail to incentivise countries to breakdown of data into sub-national groups.
12/02/2014 17:01 GMT

Breaking Down Health Data by Ethnicity: A Lively Debate at Women Deliver

So why such vociferous reactions to the call for data to be disaggregated by ethnicity? Partly this reflects the practical difficulties in collecting and analysing data at a sub-national level in parts of the world where it is challenging enough to undertake surveys that simply capture national averages.
29/05/2013 14:57 BST

Ending Aid to South Africa Reflects a Misunderstanding That Will Undermine Development

The British Government's decision to end aid to South Africa reflects a misunderstanding of the current state of global poverty which threatens to undermine development efforts so far. Clearly, these countries have not eradicated poverty. If wealthy countries are to contribute to development and the end of poverty, we must stop ignoring inequality.
10/05/2013 12:36 BST