Our favorite Hub Originals from 2015

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In case you missed it, here’s a roundup of our favorite Hub Originals from 2015.

The Global Health Hub publishes original pieces from writers engaged in global health, broadly defined. We’re interested in pieces that help connect implementers to the information they need to do good work, highlight interdisciplinary and diverse perspectives on global health, or make you say, “Huh. I had never thought of that.” We’re looking for new voices in 2016, so if you have ideas or experiences in global health that you’re itching to write about, we’d love to hear from you. Email admin @ globalhealthhub.org to get the ball rolling.

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1. “Is ketamine about to become inaccessible in low-income countries?” by Jason Nickerson @jwnickerson

“This is far from a cautionary tale of drug policy gone astray; this is a recognition of the fact that that the international drug control system has likely created, and has certainly exacerbated, the greatest global health inequity in the world: an inability of people in pain to access analgesics that are both effective and affordable. And this is a problem that overwhelmingly affects the poor.”

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2.  This is water? Reflections on a preventable maternal death by Kirsten Austad

“All I know is the day Ana asked me for water I’m glad I was my best self. If it was one of the days I was overtired, or dwelling on the small sacrifices I make to be a doctor, I could have easily told her to tough it out and drink the room temperature bottled water. I would now not only have to deal with her death, but also that small indignity I caused.”

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3. “Book Review: Malaria, Poems” by Irène Mathieu @gumbo_amando

“Rarely do the worlds of poetry and global health collide, but Conaway’s work begs the question of why not.” 

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4. “Black lives matter: thoughts from the delivery ward in St. Louis” by Anita Chary @anitachary

“There is something so paradoxical about a lone laboring black woman, hooked up to monitors, pushing a baby into a cruel world that does not care for it. A world that does not care for either of them beyond the twenty hours of monitoring contractions and a fetal heart rate. A world where WIC and food stamps are not enough to guarantee mom and baby won’t be hungry. A world where mom and baby are less likely to have health insurance and more likely to develop chronic, debilitating diseases. A world where baby could grow up to be shot to death by police despite being unarmed. A world where mom might melt in grief and horror as her baby’s body lies on the street uncovered for four hours.”

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5. “Luck and Public Health Programming in Guatemala” by Grace Fletcher @grfletcher07

“Now, I’m a systems person. I love to analyze how public health programs are structured and how they can be improved to serve people in need more efficiently. Luck or chance or serendipity or the stars aligning or however we talk about it doesn’t fit well with this view of global health. But I’m also a student of anthropology and area studies. I know that when we talk about people interacting with programs or systems, we’re talking about people coming from a specific social, cultural, and linguistic context with life experiences that will shape these encounters. So systems and programs need to fit the people that use them—in other words, the best systems have room for a little bit of luck.” 

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6. “Metrics, evidence, and RCTs in global health: An interview with Vincanne Adams” by David Flood

“So the strange thing is that the models of evaluation, accountability, and implementation that are being promoted by global power brokers including the WHO don’t seem to be very well suited for the actual global health work of these small NGOs.”

 

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