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“A reflexive, relentless interrogation of common sense”: Emily Yates-Doerr on anthropology, global health, and obesity

Emily Yates-Doerr is a Veni Laureate and assistant professor of Anthropology at the University of Amsterdam. She currently is studying a United Nations initiative to improve Read More

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The Opposite of Martin Shkreli: Drug Development Without Profit

Part 3 of Global Health Now’s “Untold Global Health Story of 2015.” An excerpt: “By May, Wourgaft and a Sudanese surgeon, Ahmed Fahal, hope to Read More


First Step for a Dreadful Disease: Get on the List

Why would an ancient, debilitating, and very neglected disease not qualify for the WHO’s list? From Global Health Now. Read more: First Step for a Read More


The Enduring Need for Cancer Treatment

Danielle Rodin is a Radiation Oncology Resident at the University of Toronto and co-founded the group GlobalRT, which is a group of young professionals dedicated to improving the availability and accessibility of radiation therapy resources for cancer patients in low-resource settings. Daniel Smith is a recent Medical Physics PhD graduate from the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, and heads the physics section of GlobalRT. They share their thoughts on expanding equitable treatment options globally, in time for World Cancer Day. Global health involves the provision for populations of what has been termed “health security”. When the World Health Organization was formed in 1948, this term referred to acute public health threats, such as those due to epidemics of infectious disease, or to military actions

Why taxing global companies is hard

Half of scotch whisky is sold in China and North America.  Should the profits of whisky companies be taxed in Scotland, where the whisky is made, or in China and North America, where half of it is sold?  Where exactly is the profit on these sales made? Now ask yourself the same question about the profits made by Google, which sells advertisements in Europe on websites built in in the US using technology designed in the US. Companies are generally taxed on their profits, which are defined as revenues minus costs.* That’s reasonably clear in the old world, in which revenues and costs happened mainly in the same place

Share the Road

A tiny minority of London motorists get grumpy with cyclists if we don’t move over to the far left of the lane. There are several reasons why it is safer for cyclists to be in the middle of the lane: When cyclists are in the middle of the lane, drivers can see them more quickly and are more aware of them. Cars sometimes pull out from side roads and driveways into the road without noticing that there is a cyclist on the inside. If the cyclist is in the middle of the lane they have more time to swerve. Pedestrians sometimes step off the pavement into the path of bikes.

Will we be the first generation to eradicate malaria?

Bill Gates and the UK government announce $3bn plan to eradicate malaria (2016 edition) Bill Gates and the UK government announce $3bn to eradicate malaria (2008 edition) – (note plan to eradicate by 2015) The post Will we be the first generation to eradicate malaria? appeared first on Owen abroad.

Price discrimination and welfare costs

There is nothing inherently wrong with price discrimination. But some of the mechanisms firms use to enforce it have huge welfare costs. My flight to Washington was cancelled on Saturday, because of Snowzilla. That was good news for me: it meant I could switch to the same flight on Sunday, which I preferred. So why hadn’t I booked my flight on Sunday in the first place, given that it meant an extra day at home? The reason was that Virgin insisted on charging an extra £1,100 for the return flight unless I was staying away on a Saturday night. As a small charity we can’t justify that kind of premium

Waiting For Payment

My Facebook and Twitter feeds are alight right now with people carrying on about the widely touted Living Level-3, a graphic novel about what it’s like to be an aid worker, produced by World Food Programme. The Huffington Post is releasing a chapter each day. Here’s Chapter 1. Some are loving it, some hating it, […]

Erratum to: A rapid evidence review on the effectiveness of institutional health partnerships

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The Foie Gras faux pas: Why Fatty Liver No Longer Just Effects Ducks

Dr Simon Hew is a medical doctor from Melbourne, Australia. He has worked in Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Medical research. He is a regular reviewer and contributor to research involving tech in health practice, including the precision of app-based liver disease calculators. This week he shares his insights into the disturbing legacy of growing non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) and organ transplants that the global obesity epidemic is bequeathing the health system.

When the US Secretary of State reads your blog posts

One of my blog posts (with Kim Elliott) ended up on the desk of (then) US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, as revealed in the latest batch of published emails. I am not sure if you can call this influence, since we didn’t manage to get the policy agreed (yet). The post When the US Secretary of State reads your blog posts appeared first on Owen abroad.

Strings attached

This week’s Economist looks at the risks in the new UK aid strategy. It quotes me: The promotion of British interests in the 1980s led to projects that made little sense in economic or development terms, says Owen Barder of the Centre for Global Development, a think tank. There is a danger that, to make clear that aid benefits British interests, it could end up duplicating global programmes. Although short-term political interests can coincide with the needs of poor countries—funding for research into climate change and public health, for instance, can be funnelled to British universities and firms—greater transparency and oversight are needed to stop spending on projects simply because they are politically expedient.

Auld Lang Syne: TGH highlights from 2015

As celebrations for the birth of a new year wind-down, Assistant Editor Juliette Wittich reflects on the stand-out pieces Translational Global Health featured in 2015. When you are working on a global scale, any change can be considered “big”, but it wouldn’t be remiss to say that 2015 has indeed been a BIG year for global health. In September we saw the reimagined pathway for global equity and development with the launch of the Sustainable Development Goals in New York. In October a vision for the future of our food system was launched by the Norwegian-based EAT initiative and Danish collective Sustainia in time for World Food Day.

Fat cats

Here are two facts that help to put things in perspective. First, by the end of today, the average Chief Executive of a FTSE 100 company will have been paid more than the average employee earns all year. Second, by the end of today, the same average employee will have been paid more than the average Ethiopian earns all year. The post Fat cats appeared first on Owen abroad.

Supporting our overseas workers (student loans edition)

Our friends Jill and Gary Campbell have lived in Ethiopia for more than 20 years. Gary ran a business which managed construction projects, while Jill taught in the international school.  Jill also set up and ran the Addis Ababa Food Run, providing food, support and shelter to homeless people, for which she was awarded the MBE in 2014 (see photo above). Their children, Joshua and Hanna, who are also British citizens, left Ethiopia this summer after finishing their International Baccalaureate exams and securing places at Swansea and Loughborough Universities respectively. But Joshua and Hanna have been told that they do not qualify for a student loan from the UK government, because they have not lived in the UK for three years

Talking to Muslims…

To start 2016, I’d like to post a continuation of the theme of the previous post. Maybe this will be a series or a regular feature here. I’m not sure yet. But at any rate, here’s another interview: As I watch the news lately in North America, I see a lot of yelling about Islam […]

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