global health

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
A girl in Cambodia is assessed for pneumonia. Copyright Malaria Consortium/Peter Caton Today is World Pneumonia Day - a time
You are probably unaware that last week was International Infection Prevention Week. Unlike Bonfire Night or Christmas - this
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.