Global Health

Britain Must Put Malaria Out Of Business - Permanently

James Whiting | Posted 25.04.2017 | UK
James Whiting

If you've kept an eye on social media this World Malaria Day then by now I imagine you've discovered the Secret CEO's true identity. The ruthless tyco...

Giving The Gift Of Life This Mother's Day

Dr Adrian Brown | Posted 25.03.2017 | UK
Dr Adrian Brown

Since 2002, Maternity Worldwide has worked to reduce the number of women dying or injured in childbirth in three Sub-Saharan African countries: Ethiopia, Malawi and Uganda. We have a strong focus on sustainability and work with local health professionals and communities to ensure the safety of both mother and child.

Volunteering Abroad Renews Your Sense Of Pride And Faith In The NHS

Manish Raval | Posted 21.03.2017 | UK
Manish Raval

I'm an anaesthetist and volunteer for blindness prevention charity Orbis. We operate the Flying Eye Hospital, which is a teaching facility with both a...

How Can A Woman Survive Ebola And Then Die In Childbirth? The shame of Global Health Governance

Sophie Harman | Posted 02.03.2017 | UK
Sophie Harman

How can a woman survive Ebola and then die in childbirth? Easily, if you live in a low-income country where there are big gaps in skilled birth attend...

A Global Health Epidemic Is A Ticking Time Bomb - But Virus Databases Can And Are Helping To Save Lives

Professor Stefan Elbe | Posted 12.01.2017 | UK Tech
Professor Stefan Elbe

If we have learnt anything from the deaths of millions of people from diseases like AIDS, SARS, pandemic flu, Ebola, and Zika it is the need for scientists to share data quickly so that researchers can assess the dangers and develop new medicines and vaccines.

Living With Type 1 Diabetes Is A Luxury - And It Shouldn't Be

Elizabeth Rowley | Posted 14.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Elizabeth Rowley

With your help, we can create a reality where no one has to worry about affording their insulin and supplies and where no one lacks an understanding of their condition or suffers unnecessarily because they were born somewhere without adequate or affordable care.

We Must Act Now To Secure The Collective Future Of The World's 10-year-old Girls

Dr Babatunde Osotimehin | Posted 02.11.2016 | UK
Dr Babatunde Osotimehin

In some parts of the world, age 10 can be a time of exploration, rapidly expanding horizons and new possibilities. But in other parts of the world, it...

Does Bill Gates Have A Legitimacy Problem?

Sophie Harman | Posted 24.08.2016 | UK
Sophie Harman

The problem here is that to be a legitimate actor in global health, someone has to challenge your role/position/ideas. Not just through accountability or monitoring and evaluation processes (which I'm sure the Foundation is pretty rigorous on) but a more mundane questioning of the authority of an actor.

When Is a Cure a Cure?

Sarah Nancollas | Posted 10.08.2016 | UK
Sarah Nancollas

Researchers spend years looking for them, testing them, perfecting them before medical practitioners get to implement them in real life. I'm talking about cures. They've discovered one for malaria and for TB, and they're still working on one for cancer.

Hooray for the New Health Emergencies Programme! Shame About the WHO's Legitimacy Problem

Sophie Harman | Posted 02.06.2016 | UK
Sophie Harman

A lack of belief in the legitimacy of the WHO is a big problem for the success of the Health Emergencies Programme and the future of the institution. Unless member states such as the UK believe that the WHO has the legitimacy and ability to act in response to health emergencies, funding for ambitious life-saving programmes will not be forthcoming and the WHO will remain an institution of must-dos without action.

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 26.04.2017 | 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 26.04.2017 | 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 15.04.2017 | 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 22.01.2017 | 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 09.12.2016 | 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 19.11.2016 | 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 10.11.2016 | 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 26.10.2016 | 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 29.06.2016 | 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 03.06.2016 | 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 02.06.2016 | 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.