Global Health

The Future of HIV/AIDS Is Decided Next Week - Is Anyone Listening?

Sophie Harman | Posted 20.05.2016 | UK
Sophie Harman

The 69th World Health Assembly (WHA) next week will see all eyes on the WHO again after a turbulent couple of years. Condemned for its failings in the global response to Ebola, stuck in a process of reform that everyone agrees is needed but no-one knows how, and on the brink of declaring yellow fever a public health emergency of international concern, things are hotting up for the election of the new Director General.

Human Rights Must Take Precedent Over Intellectual Property Rights

Sarah K Edwards | Posted 26.04.2016 | UK
Sarah K Edwards

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.

Just Another Week in Global Health?

Aaron Oxley | Posted 25.04.2016 | UK
Aaron Oxley

This is a special week in Global Health. The World Health Organisation recognises a total of 14 "World Health Days" every year. The usual suspects of...

World's First Live-Streamed Virtual Reality Operation

George Kapellos | Posted 14.04.2016 | UK Tech
George Kapellos

Today experts in live streaming 360° and VR Mativision will be broadcasting live through pioneering virtual reality (VR) technology an operation on a patient with colon cancer at The Royal London Hospital. This is a world first.

How We Can Save Nearly Half A Million Lives This Year....

Professor Rosanna Peeling | Posted 19.02.2016 | UK
Professor Rosanna Peeling

Giving birth to a stillborn infant is a tragedy for any parent and their family. These babies die either in late pregnancy or during the process of giving birth; deaths earlier than 28 weeks are called miscarriages.

Celebrate Our World - Don't be Disillusioned

Mark Robins | Posted 10.12.2015 | UK
Mark Robins

How did you celebrate International Men's Day on 19th November? Or Universal Children's Day on 20th November? You didn't know about them? Me neither. ...

Making Potties Pretty - World Toilet Day

Miriam Brown | Posted 20.11.2015 | UK
Miriam Brown

I wrote the article below two years ago, when 'World Toilet Day' was in its infancy. Now, two years on, it is still as relevant as ever... 'How many ...

Breathing Away: Bringing Down Child Deaths From Pneumonia

Ilya Jones | Posted 12.11.2015 | UK
Ilya Jones

A girl in Cambodia is assessed for pneumonia. Copyright Malaria Consortium/Peter Caton Today is World Pneumonia Day - a time to recognise the fact th...

Infection Prevention: A Contagious Issue

Rose Gallagher | Posted 27.10.2015 | UK
Rose Gallagher

You are probably unaware that last week was International Infection Prevention Week. Unlike Bonfire Night or Christmas - this is generally not one for...

The World's Greatest Minds Challenge Mankind's Oldest Disease

James Whiting | Posted 30.06.2015 | UK
James Whiting

We need the philanthropists of this world along with scientific genius, pioneering business leaders, creative communicators - and we need you, if we are all to beat this terrible disease. I invite you to join us and make ending malaria a legacy recognised by all generations to come.

NHS Staffing Issues Are Part of a Wider Global Crisis

Sarah K Edwards | Posted 03.06.2015 | UK
Sarah K Edwards

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.

Unpacking the G7 Agenda: Recognising Neglected Tropical Diseases

Ilya Jones | Posted 02.06.2015 | UK
Ilya Jones

Whilst international security and the global economy are likely to dominate news coverage surrounding the G7 meeting in early June, there is another important point on the group's agenda that we should be paying close attention to. Among other health issues, diseases of poverty - or more specifically, neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) - will be a focal point for the summit meetings.

Drugs Are a Development Issue - It's Time for a New Approach

Sarah K Edwards | Posted 07.05.2016 | UK
Sarah K Edwards

As governments, policy makers, academics and civil society gather together, it is time to call for a new approach that puts public health, human rights and development at the heart of global drugs policy.

Before We Spend More on Cancer We Need to Spend More Wisely

Lord Darzi | Posted 24.05.2015 | UK
Lord Darzi

Are we spending too little on cancer? It would appear so from the latest grim analysis of European survival statistics which show Britain "stuck in the 1990s" and lagging behind our neighbours on breast, lung, colon and stomach cancer outcomes...

Fighting Meningitis Globally

Chris Head | Posted 13.04.2015 | UK
Chris Head

Meningitis is poorly understood in Malawi - many people seek the wrong sort of treatment or seek it too late, and there can often be delays reaching appropriate healthcare.

The Detriment of Division: The challenge of HIV and AIDS Among Adolescent Girls

Payal Dalal | Posted 29.03.2015 | UK
Payal Dalal

More and more, we are hearing about the convergence of health and education. You can't learn if you are out of school sick. Lack of education leads to poverty and in turn the inability to access healthcare. To lead productive lives, people need both health and education: the two are cause and effect.

Five Resolutions to Make 2015 a Game-changing Year for Global Health

Allan Pamba | Posted 24.03.2015 | UK
Allan Pamba

Nobody can yet comprehend the legacy that the current Ebola outbreak will leave. But that should galvanise us into action - it shows why 2015 must be the year to strengthen health systems and support innovative solutions that secure healthier lives and livelihoods.

Human Rights Day - A Reminder of Why We Need an Integrated Approach

Albina Du Boisrouvray | Posted 09.02.2015 | UK
Albina Du Boisrouvray

Today marks the United Nation's 64th Human Rights Day. When proclaimed in 1950, the UN General Assembly's aim was to highlight 'to the peoples of the world' that the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was the common standard of achievement for all peoples and nations.

What Works to Prevent Violence Against Women and Girls?

Emma Fulu | Posted 09.02.2015 | UK
Emma Fulu

Today, on International Human Rights Day, the DFID- flagship programme, What Works to Prevent Violence, is unveiling the recipients of its global research and innovation grants. Eighteen cutting-edge projects to prevent violence against women and girls have been sele

Failure to Tackle Depression Is Lack of Political Will

Terezia Farkas | Posted 02.02.2015 | UK Politics
Terezia Farkas

The challenge is getting politicians to show leadership and maximize the benefits for families, communities, and the country. We need to tackle depression with the same vigour and determination we have for balancing the economy or keeping immigrants out of the country.

For Me, Government Action on Global Health Is Personal

Adrian Lovett | Posted 05.01.2015 | UK Politics
Adrian Lovett

At ONE, we're working very hard to urge all governments to do their part. The good news for the UK is that others are stepping up, so the UK's share of the cost can fall a little. For a contribution of £1.2 billion over the next five years, averaging just £8 per year for each UK taxpayer, British support could save 1.5 million lives. What can be the argument for doing less?

Shoot for the Stars... Especially When the Stakes Are So High

Annemarie Meyer | Posted 04.01.2015 | UK
Annemarie Meyer

Some years ago when I was living and working in rural Uganda I got malaria. As I took the long bus journey to the hospital, shivering and sweating, I was asking myself would I get there in time? Would the local hospital have the right treatment available for me? Why hadn't I been able to prevent myself getting malaria?

Football Fever: Leveraging the Power of Sport to Fight Malaria

Hervé Verhoosel | Posted 10.09.2014 | UK Sport
Hervé Verhoosel

The World Cup will come to a close on Sunday, but our fight against this killer disease will continue. Despite tremendous progress that has seen death rates decreasing by more than 40% globally and almost 50% in Africa alone since 2000, almost half of the world's population is still at risk from malaria.

Harnessing the Digital Sharing Revolution to Save Lives

Dr Trudie Lang | Posted 08.09.2014 | UK Tech
Dr Trudie Lang

Today is a big day for the Global Health Network, as we launch the Global Health Research Process Map. This is the first digital toolkit designed to enable researchers anywhere in the world to conduct rigorous global health research. It offers step-by-step guidance for planning successful global health research projects and has the potential to revolutionise the current process, speeding the development of new research and therapies.

The Global Challenges of Dementia

Beth Britton | Posted 27.08.2014 | UK Politics
Beth Britton

Dementia is a huge topic, encompassing many different aspects that stray into the territories of (in no particular order) healthcare, social care, science, community, family life, wider society, therapeutic practitioners, the voluntary sector, academia, finance, pharmaceuticals and yes, politics. 'Ownership' of it is hotly contested - it is a health issue, a care issue, something that governments must lead on or something that only the individuals living with it, and their families, truly understand?