Since typhoon Haiyan ravaged the Philippines last month, some predictable patterns of disaster news coverage have begun to emerge – including evidence of a sometimes contentious relationship between the press and aid organizations. This week on PLOS TGH, Columbia University’s Chris Tedeschi explores.
Stephanie M. Topp – As part of the current cohort of Emerging Voices (in residence in Cape Town preparing for the upcoming ICASA conference) those of us in the Health Systems track have been engaging in a lively debate around post-2015 HIV financing and policy options. As we approach the MDG target date and move towards the post-MDG era, many questions are being posed about the threats to, and opportunities for, disease-specific programs…
The dry New Mexico wind whips up a dust cloud in the distance. Alone on a highway that stretches for miles through expanses of arid…
It’s almost Christmas and even if I’m not a Christian anymore (my relatives tell me I’m a fake Buddhist now ), I still kind of enjoy this time of the year. So it seems appropriate to come up with some reflections on the year to come for the world of global health. More in particular, even if I’m already middle-aged, my Christmas message is aimed at the young and emerging global health voices. But even if you’re a global health dinosaur or worse, you might want to read on. In 2014 and beyond, I hope more and more young global health voices will put the mantra ‘Health in all policies’ into practice or at the very least demand it, loud and clear
Oxfam aid wonk Nicola McIvor explores a highly critical report on one of DfID’s flagship programmes The problem with being committed to independent evaluation and transparency is that you risk being beaten up in public when things go wrong. Oxfam is accustomed to having our own evaluations quoted against us, which is exactly what happened
In this post, Guest Blogger, Udo Obiechefu focuses on men’s health and disparities in prostate cancer. Enjoy! This past November marked the yearly celebration of Men’s Health month across much of the world. Many promotional campaigns, in particular the very popular “Movember”, aimed to shine the spotlight on issues concerning the health of men across […]
Last week in Stockholm, Sweden, I was asked to present an insight into the links between food and global health to the Swedish Medical Society Conference; a brief outline on the parallels and overlap between what we eat, the systems that produce and support that consumption, and the health of our populations. Now this is no easy task – and not because the overlaps are limited – quite the opposite – but because I had only 10 minutes to do it in! With this in mind, I proposed just 5 of the reasons why food is, and must be, a Global Health Issue. Reason number one, we are what we eat. Put simply, globally, locally and individually – we are what we eat.
Impact magazine interviews Ellen Starbird, Director of the Office of Population and Reproductive Health, USAID. IMPACT: How does USAID assess the effectiveness of its health investments? ELLEN STARBIRD: USAID assesses the effectiveness of its health interventions by looking at trend data in health indicators that are related to the programmatic interventions that we support. For our family planning and reproductive health programs, contraceptive prevalence, improvements in birth spacing and increasing age at marriage are all measured by surveys, including the Demographic and Health Survey.
I love our friends over at The Guardian’s Global Development Professionals Network. Seriously, I do. But their December 6 piece about “what to give the aid worker in your life” this Christmas felt rather like an early draft of the screenplay for really, really bad Mel Gibson movie. I won’t exhaustively disassemble their recommendations, but […]
Dear colleagues, This week many of us were in Cape Town, to assist the Emerging Voices 2013 in making an impact on the 17th ICASA conference. They presented, tweeted (if the rather unreliable internet connection allowed it at the conference and in our hotel) and blogged, while networking their way through the conference. This IHP issue will have a special EV section on ICASA, with a number of blogs by EVs, and also the guest editorial of the week comes from an EV 2013. If you go through them, you’ll get a fairly good overview of the conference, the highlights, the gaps, key messages, etc. Check out also the hashtag of the conference, #icasa2013 and the Emerging Voices hashtag, #ev4gh.
Charles Birungi (EV 2013)* As I prepare to return home this week after the ICASA conference in Cape Town, the heated discussions on the “end of AIDS” remain vivid in my mind. Is the “end of AIDS” a myth or reality? At this year’s World AIDS day, the UNAIDS Executive Director, Michel Sidibe noted that: “For the first time we can see an end to an epidemic that has wrought such staggering devastation around the world. For the first time we can say that we are beginning to control the epidemic and not that the epidemic is controlling us.” Looking at the journey walked so far, I fully agree with Michel Sidibe. Growing up in rural Uganda, I recall the stigma and discrimination that surrounded the disease ‘slim disease’ in the 1980s
Arsène Kpangon (EV 2013) In this blog post, I’ll report on a meeting which took place at the ICASA conference on Tuesday (December 10th). The meeting brought together five HIV/AIDS and global health specialists from around the world. The session was moderated by Professor Mark Nelson from Imperial college of London and focused on the gap between theory and reality of treatment in Low and middle Income Countries (LMICS). The four participants around the table were Dr Kwasi Torpey from Nigeria, Prof Joep Lange from the Netherlands, Prof Serge-Paul Eholié from Ivory-Coast, and Prof Quarraisha Abdoul-Karim from South-Africa. Each presentation was followed by a short roundtable discussion