Global Health

The Road From Aid to Trade: Investing in a Healthier Future for Africa

Allan Pamba | Posted 09.04.2014 | UK
Allan Pamba

At the EU-Africa business summit I attended last week, a question that I heard again and again is what are the barriers to investing more in sub-Saharan Africa?

Unsafe Surgery Is a Global Crisis Silencing Millions of Women Around the World - Let's Talk About It

Sarah Kessler | Posted 07.03.2014 | UK
Sarah Kessler

International Women's Day is an artificial construct, but so is a banana split. It's still a rare and delightful invitation to sit down with a spoon or a microphone and talk about issues that affect women around the world.

To Combat Cancer in Developing Countries, We Must Learn The Lessons of HIV And Malaria

Allan Pamba | Posted 08.04.2014 | UK
Allan Pamba

Think of disease in Africa and you maybe think of malaria. But this is not the whole picture. In Africa and across developing countries, people are living longer and their lifestyles are changing. With this shift, a different threat is emerging...

Cruel Cut Aftermath, Space For FGM Survivors

Leyla Hussein | Posted 07.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Leyla Hussein

Today we Mark FGM Zero Tolerance Day - 6 February is a reminder that female genital mutilation is a global issue; it should not, however, be the only day we remember that. Sadly, every minute five girls undergo FGM. If it takes you a couple of minutes to read this blog, by the time you're finished 10 girls will or more have been irreversibly mutilated.

Tackling Obesity and Hidden Hunger: How Industry Can Step Up

Dr. Manfred Eggersdorfer | Posted 15.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Dr. Manfred Eggersdorfer

Cancer. Stroke. Heart disease. Diabetes. These and other noncommunicable diseases are becoming leading causes of death and disease worldwide. And nutrition plays a significant role.

No Laughing Matter; Lunch With Desmond Tutu

Brigid McConville | Posted 12.02.2014 | UK
Brigid McConville

With the recent loss of Nelson Mandela, South African found its voice - and during the memorial service, its silence - in Desmond Tutu. He was Mandela's ally through so many decades of struggle. He remains a hugely respected scourge of the world's wrongs, and irrepressible champion of the oppressed.

We Must Take a Comprehensive Approach to Tackling HIV and Aids

Martin Drewry | Posted 29.01.2014 | UK
Martin Drewry

More must be done to address the political, social and economic injustices which perpetuate vulnerability to HIV.

G8 Dementia Summit: The World Is Watching

Beth Britton | Posted 28.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Beth Britton

If you haven't been personally touched by dementia you may be wondering why it deserves this platform. Why aren't other diseases afforded the same global attention you may ask? But that's just it, they have been.

Developing Countries Are Finding Innovative Solutions to Their Health Challenges

Allan Pamba | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK
Allan Pamba

Malawi might not spring to mind as a hot-bed of healthcare innovation. Neither might Bangladesh or Colombia. But that view is changing. All over developing countries, determined people are finding brilliant and creative solutions for long-standing problems. ..

Surge in Diabetes Bigger Than Predicted

Dr Paul Zollinger-Read | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Paul Zollinger-Read

Currently standing at 382million, the number of people affected by diabetes is expected to rocket to 592million by 2035 - that's a 55% increase in just over 20 years.

When It Comes To Global Health You Need Human Resources To Save Human Lives

Bidisha | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Bidisha

The World Health Organisation is making a strong move to tackle a common and vital theme in all its global health initiatives, an issue which, if ill-managed, would jeopardise even the best intentioned and best planned projects: human resources for health. The effective recruitment, education, support, deployment and distribution of human resources is a key factor in achieving the goal of universal health coverage.

World Food Day: Food Aid Is Not a Long-Term Solution

Sarah K Edwards | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Sarah K Edwards

Indigenous children in Peru are growing up stunted and with cognitive impairments, and food aid programmes are part of the problem. For the Ashanink...

The Right to Health, the Forgotten Right?

Martin Drewry | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Martin Drewry

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.

On International Day of the Girl, It's Time to Remember That Girls Should Be Students, Not Brides

Lakshmi Sundaram | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Lakshmi Sundaram

Kidan from Ethiopia was eagerly awaiting the day when she would be able to complete her education and fulfil her lifelong dream of becoming a doctor. But she was instead promised in marriage in exchange for cattle...

Meet Kanchi Tamang, Nepalese Waste Picker

Bidisha | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Bidisha

Kanchi Tamang is a waste-picker in Nepal. A mother and a grandmother, she works long hours in unsafe and unclean conditions for a pittance. After contracting Hepatitis C, then developing painful gallstones, she faces the prospect of medical treatment that will require her to be absent from work and hospital bills that, together with the loss of work income, might mean that she loses her home and cannot support her family. Yet if she does not receive treatment, she might lose her life, not just her livelihood.

Innovation in the Name of Global Partnership: What the Private Sector Must Bring to the Post-2015 Development Agenda

Duncan Learmouth | Posted 24.09.2013 | UK
Duncan Learmouth

The shortage of health workers is one of the most fundamental barriers to improving health in developing countries. A fully trained and well-supported community health worker like Saley can deliver treatments and provide health education to 5,000 children a year.

No Mother Left Behind - What the Millenium Development Goals Mean for the Mothers of the Central African Republic

Laura Jepson | Posted 17.11.2013 | UK
Laura Jepson

This week marks 100 days since the report of the high level panel on the Post-2015 Development Agenda. As eminent persons and development academics once again turn their thoughts to what will replace the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), it's worth remembering what these debates really mean for mothers and babies in Sub-Saharan Africa.

It's Decision Time in the Fight Against Aids, TB and Malaria

Adrian Lovett | Posted 17.11.2013 | UK Politics
Adrian Lovett

The debate about the quantity of Britain's aid budget was settled earlier this year when the government delivered on its promise to invest 0.7% of our national income in fighting poverty and disease - a decision that, contrary to what the cynics insist, had the support of the majority of British people.

The Stigma Surrounding HIV and AIDS

Scott Forbes | Posted 12.11.2013 | UK
Scott Forbes

How would you react if someone told you they were HIV positive? Would you treat them the same as any other person? Would you still hug them without thinking twice? Would you take a sip from their glass of Coke? It sounds harsh, but unfortunately a negative stigma has developed around HIV that causes many people to react with fear towards anyone who tests positive.

Doctors Without Borders Issue an Urgent Press Release About the Humanitarian and Health Crisis in Syria

Bidisha | Posted 27.10.2013 | UK
Bidisha

According to the latest update from Doctors Without Borders/ Medecins Sans Frontieres, three hospitals in Syria's Damascus governorate that are supplied by Doctors Without Borders reported that they received approximately 3,600 patients displaying neurotoxic symptoms such as convulsions, excess saliva, pinpoint pupils, blurred vision and respiratory distress, in less than three hours on Wednesday.

From Mosquito Nets to Life-saving Moisturiser: The London Team Tackling Global Health and Development

Bidisha | Posted 13.09.2013 | UK
Bidisha

Academic and medical research lies at the core of the advocacy and consciousness-raising that global health journalists undertake, although the details of their vital labour, fieldwork and analysis are often unseen by lay readers.

Polio: We've Started, So We'll Finish

Gareth Williams | Posted 06.09.2013 | UK
Gareth Williams

We are within spitting distance of wiping polio off the face of the planet for all time. This is the last stage of one of the grand medical crusades of the 20th Century, which in 1988 was given focus, credibility and an apparently workable schedule by the World Health Organisation and its partners.

Five Big Ideas for the Global Struggle Against Fake Medicines

Bright Simons | Posted 31.08.2013 | UK Politics
Bright Simons

Fake and counterfeit medicines and medical products, and their harmful impact on global health, are receiving more global attention. These are medicines that can kill or maim rather than heal, and in many countries, especially in the Global South, make up more than 20% of all medicines in supply.

Healing the Problem of Flying Toilets: Solutions For Tackling Drought In Africa

Bidisha | Posted 24.08.2013 | UK
Bidisha

The poorest people are affected by these issues the most - in particular, women and children. Lack of water leads to the failure of crops which would be eaten or sold at market; the absence or extreme diminution of these can lead to starvation and poverty.

World Health Day Highlighted That We All Have Something to Teach and Something to Learn

Dr Mark Britnell | Posted 19.04.2013 | UK
Dr Mark Britnell

Recognizing that we all have something to teach and something to learn - in line with the spirit of World Health Day - will be crucial for success in the changing dynamics of the new healthcare paradigm.