High Time for Big Pharma to Join the Conversation

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High Time for Big Pharma to Join the Conversation

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by Viveka Guzman, Global Health Writes Contributor The 3rd annual conference on Access to Medicines Ireland took place on April 16th in the Royal College of Surgeons in Dublin. Speakers delivered diverse perspectives on the barriers and opportunities available to improve access to medicines by borrowing examples and statistics from their own experiences as pharmaco-economists, […]

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A Way Out for Patients Held Hostage

A Way Out for Patients Held Hostage

By Líbhan Collins, Global Health Writes Contributor US-based Health Economist James Love delivered the keynote address at the Access to Medicines Ireland (AMI) 3rd annual conference on April 16, 2019. As Director of Knowledge Ecology International (KEI), a for-profit NGO, he advises UN agencies and governments about KEI-based research centred largely on public interest advocacy. […]

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Information is Power

Information is Power

By Megan Hayes, Global Health Writes Contributor “Information is power” was the running theme of Dimitri Eynikel’s talk on improving access to medicines at the Access to Medicines conference in RCSI on April 16. Dimitri has worked with Médecins sans Frontières (MSF) on several healthcare projects in the DRC, South Africa, and Afghanistan. Since 2017 […]

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A Call for Clinicians to Act on Planetary Health

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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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Do You Know Your HIV Status?

In 2017, thirty-six million nine hundred thousand people globally live with HIV. Seventy-five percent (75%) of the people living with HIV know their HIV status. Compared to year 2010, people with access to antiretroviral treatment have increased by 58.3%.  This led to 32.9% reduction in mortality rate of people with HIV (2).

GLOBAL HEALTH WRITES CITIZEN JOURNALIST: Quam Kelani December 1, 2018 marked the 30th anniversary of World Aids Day. This year’s theme was “Know your status”. UNAIDS highlights the progress towards ending the HIV/AIDS epidemic but also highlights how much more we have to do (1). This involves making people aware of their HIV status in […]

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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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