Gender bending global health

Hands up, who thinks of women when someone mentions gender? Be honest now. You do? Well, guess what, you’re not alone. According to a couple of researchers writing in the Lancet today, many of the leading global health institutions do too. Worse, some don’t have much of a clue about gender at all. Here’s how […]

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Open Access Journals – Free at the Point of Readership

No doubt you’ll be as excited as I am at the prospect next week of not one but two new open access global health journals: the Lancet Global Health and Global Health: Science and Practice (GHSP). Prompted by a twitter exchange with @MarkRTurner and Lancet editor @pam_das (which you can – for the time being at least – see […]

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How DOES Coca-Cola do it?

Here’s a difficult question: “Why is it that we can buy Coca-Cola beverages virtually anywhere when basic health products like oral rehydration therapy or condoms are unavailable in many of those same places?” “Difficult, difficult, lemon difficult”, as Simon Foster might say.

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No same sex please: We’re African

The e-forum of Afro-Nets – the African network for health research and development – is an essential go-to resource for Africa health research news. Sadly, a recent story that should have engendered a sense of solidarity for Ugandan AIDS activists has, instead, generated an outpouring of gay-bashing of truly biblical proportions.

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Call for abstracts: A world of whose making? BRICS and the new world (dis)order in global health.

Recently, I’ve been doing some research on the BRICS and their influence in global health governance. Here are the details of a Call for Abstracts I’m circulating for a Special Issue of the journal Contemporary Politics. Deadline for submission is 19th November. 

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Ten funerals and a wedding, or: why I’m not in love with the olympics

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I had thought I wouldn’t blog on the Olympics: it’s not exactly a global health issue and I’ll just alienate our one subscriber. However, if Duncan Green can get away with it, why can’t I? So, in no particular order, here’s ten reasons why I don’t love the Olympics and one reason why I sort […]

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The Elders are coming, look busy!

Have you heard of The Elders? No, me neither, at least not until last week. When I did, I assumed it was a cult or some kind of retirement home for the once in-power but now dispossessed. Turns out it is, but for really self-important people. Well, self-important enough to call themselves ‘The Elders’. I bet […]

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Global health journal impact factors 2012

It’s that time of year again – how quickly it comes round! What, what, you might ask? Is it time to turn the clocks back already? No, not that! I’m talking about Thomson Reuters publishing their annual Journal Citation Reports – the Report that tells you the impact factor of all your favourite journals. I’ve […]

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‘Reshaping global health’ – a radical proposal for global health?

What is it with shapes and global development? Seems a week doesn’t go by without someone proposing a new one. I wish I worked in sustainable development – they get food-inspired shapes like doughnuts. In public health you just get triangles. At least you used to. Now we have a proposal to consider from three […]

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Who’s funding WHO?

Michael Day posed this question as the title to a piece he wrote in the BMJ five years ago.  Then, Day was reporting on a relatively modest sum of money ($10,000) finding its way to the World Health Organisation (WHO) from the pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) via a third party charity. I pose it now not because […]

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"There’s something very discomfiting about sitting in a hotel ballroom full of rich people talking about the best ways to help the world’s poorest people when almost none of the latter are present" - Prof. Laura Seahy