Martin Drewry
Martin has a long background in the voluntary sector, initially as an award-winning grass-roots community development worker in the UK, before moving to international development. After a few years as national secretary of World Action, a pioneering Methodist programme enabling young people and adults to take action for social justice, he spent the next decade as head of campaigns at Christian Aid. Here he played leading roles in Jubilee 2000, Drop the Debt, the Trade Justice Movement and was one of the elected coordinators of Make Poverty History. Martin’s academic grounding came from the Bradford University School of Peace Studies in the mid-eighties, an experience he valued. He became director of Health Poverty Action in April 2006.

Entries by Martin Drewry

Moving Beyond UK Aid to Improve Health in Sierra Leone

(0) Comments | Posted 30 June 2015 | (18:04)

The relationship between the UK and Sierra Leone is both historic and complex. It stretches back centuries - encompassing colonialism, and UK intervention in the civil war.

Today the ties between the two countries remain strong - and not always in the ways most visible on the surface.


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The Lies You Have Been Told About Africa

(1) Comments | Posted 18 July 2014 | (01:00)

There is a story that governments of wealthy countries like to tell about the rich world's relationship with Africa. It is a story of generosity, charity and benevolence. It is a story of selfless aid givers supporting the needy and impoverished people of Africa.

While this is the story...

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We Must Take a Comprehensive Approach to Tackling HIV and Aids

(1) Comments | Posted 29 November 2013 | (16:09)

Sunday 1 December marks World AIDS Day, a day to highlight the importance of the fight against AIDS and HIV. At Health Poverty Action we believe in taking a comprehensive approach to improving health and tackling the root causes as well as the symptoms. It's not about aid...

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The Right to Health, the Forgotten Right?

(0) Comments | Posted 15 October 2013 | (11:28)

As the world debates human rights this Blog Action Day, I'd hazard a guess as to which of the great human rights will get one of the lowest word counts. Well, let's try and raise it up a little. Health. Health. Health. Health. Health. Health. Health.

It might...

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An NHS for the World

(10) Comments | Posted 5 July 2013 | (16:28)

The UK's National Health Service is sixty-five years old and the government seems intent on retiring it, on forcing it out of the work place, bit by bit.

But the NHS was born out of values and principles that the passage of time can never defeat. Despite the treatment...

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The Truth About Global Health

(7) Comments | Posted 27 May 2013 | (01:00)

As the World Health Assembly draws to a close and the great and the good in global health head home, it's time to focus on some truths about health.

1. Technology is not the (only) answer

The World Health Organization tends to focus on scientific and technical matters,...

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The UK Public Is Being Lied to About Aid

(76) Comments | Posted 7 May 2013 | (01:00)

The UK public is being sold a story about aid that is entirely misleading and highly immoral - and charities, politicians and journalists are all complicit in peddling the tale. (And yes, I'm guilty.)

As David Cameron appears to have reneged on his promise to enshrine foreign aid spending in...

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Justine Greening: Don't Put the Interests of British Business Before Those of the Poor

(0) Comments | Posted 18 March 2013 | (18:10)

In a speech on 18 March to the London Stock Exchange, international development secretary Justine Greening said the UK wants to make it easier for British businesses to get a slice of the aid budget. This sends a worrying signal that the government is putting the interests of...

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Good Point, Prince Philip

(16) Comments | Posted 2 March 2013 | (00:00)

It's not often I've felt Prince Philip's remarks have hinted at a sound political point. But last week they did.

The Prince's joke that the Philippines must be empty because half the population work for the NHS was hardly tactful, but it does highlight an important issue: a huge...

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Bill Gates Is Wrong

(0) Comments | Posted 21 February 2013 | (00:00)

Bill Gates has suggested that the Millennium Development Goals do not need updating. He is wrong. Here's why:

Throughout the world, from Burma to Namibia, Somaliland to Laos, China to Nicaragua, there are communities of people marginalised by the societies in which they live and forgotten by international...

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