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Energy Transitions to Benefit Everybody

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By Jane O’Flynn, Key Correspondent for The Irish Forum for Global Health Dr Tami Bond, Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Illinois delivered the keynote address at the recent Pathways to Clean Cooking Conference held in Wexford from May 29-31. Bond’s focus area includes the effective study of black carbon, otherwise known […]

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Pathways to Clean Cooking: The limitations of the SDG 7 Indicator

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Verena Brinkmann:  On the limitations of the SDG 7 Indicator with Regards to Biomass By Rebecca Brennan, Key Correspondent for The Irish Forum for Global Health Verena Brinkmann has been involved with household energy in the context of developing countries since 2004. She is currently the topic leader for cooking energy in the global multi-donor […]

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A Call for Clinicians to Act on Planetary Health


One of biggest threats to our health is the global ‘epidemic’ of the current climate disruption trends. An epidemic is described in the Cambridge dictionary as “a particular problem that affects many people at the same time”. One of biggest threats to our health is the global ‘epidemic’ of the current climate disruption trends. An […]

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Inequality, Democratic Collapse and Climate Change: The Trial of Global Health Issues

Eunice Phillip, Global Health Writes Contributor The total contact time for delegates attending the two-day Global Health Exchange conference, held at the Royal College of Surgeon in Ireland (RCSI) during November 2018, was not more than 18 hours. This, however, cast no shadow over the richness of the different topics presented. In his welcome speech, […]

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My Right to Clean Air: A Child-Protection Dilemma in Humanitarian Settings

Despite this, the staggering number of children and continued use of polluting fuels in humanitarian settings leaves little doubt that global society fails to protect these vulnerable children. This is a direct violation of Article 24.2.c of the United Nation’s Convention on the Rights of the Child, “To combat disease [through] provision of adequate nutritious foods and clean drinking water, taking into consideration the dangers and risks of environmental pollution.”

GLOBAL HEALTH WRITES CITIZEN JOURNALIST: Eunice Phillip   Poverty, displacement, and breakdown in family structure, as seen in refugee and displaced person’s camps, increase a child’s exposure to actual or potential harm or abuse. To protect the health and development of the child, the World Health Organisation (WHO) recommends creating safe and sustainable environments, and […]

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Ebola and conflict: the best partners in crime?

GLOBAL HEALTH WRITES CITIZEN JOURNALIST: Lise Carlier On the 1st of August 2018, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) declared an outbreak of Ebola in North Kivu. Dr Michael Ryan, the WHO’s Assistant Director General of Emergency Preparedness and Response joined us today all the way from DRC, via Skype, for the Global Health Exchange […]

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Menstrual Hygiene in Uganda: A need for Action

However, a study conducted during 2016 in Uganda’s Kamuli district found that over 90% of girls did not meet appropriate standards of MHM. Strong relations between menstrual hygiene and reproductive health make it crucial to find sustainable solutions to this problem.

GLOBAL HEALTH WRITES CITIZEN JOURNALIST: Lise Carlier Rosemary James, speaking today during the first day of the annual Global Health Exchange Conference, shared her work on menstrual hygiene management (MHM) in Uganda, on behalf of Uganda Red Cross. The WHO and UNICEF define MHM as a woman’s’ access to clean absorbents, that can be changed […]

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Training Local Doctors as Hotshots in Response to the Global Surgery Crisis

An estimated 5 billion people don’t have access to safe, affordable, and timely surgical and anaesthesia care. To put things into perspective, compared to Ireland’s 50 specialist surgeons per 100,000 population, there is only 1.8 per 100,0000 in sub-Saharan Africa. Overall, there’s a serious lack of hospitals, equipment, medical personnel, and transport access to hospitals for locals in many of the world’s poorer countries.

GLOBAL HEALTH WRITES CITIZEN JOURNALIST: Lidia Shafik Surgery is often seen as a luxury in the developing world. For Deirde Mangoang, Director of the RCSI/COSECA Collaboration Programme speaking at the Global Health Exchange conference this week in Dublin, surgery is, “The neglected red-headed step child of global health.” There is a crisis in global surgery […]

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Non-Communicable Diseases are the Most Common Cause of Death in Africa

According to the international Diabetes Federation (IDF) 3.3% of 20-79 year olds in Africa now live with diabetes.

GLOBAL HEALTH WRITES CITIZEN JOURNALIST: Lidia Shafik Non–communicable diseases (NCDs) were a priminent topic at this week’s Global Health Exchange conference, held in Dublin’s RSCI.  NCDs are the most common cause of death in the developing world. This is contrary to the popular belief that infectious diseases, usually involving creep-crawly worms, pose the main threat […]

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