Naomi Hossain: The right to food is common sense in Bangladesh

Horrifying new reports of famine on a vast scale in Yemen, South Sudan, Somalia, and Nigeria are emerging, signalling the lack of a real right to food among tens of millions of people. Climate change and conflict are leading to recurrent food crises. These unfolding episodes resemble the story of the last famine in Bangladesh, […]

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R N Karuga: “Building a resilient and responsive health system needs strong community support”

“Forget about these people in the national office,” said Maria (not her real name). “They are not in touch with reality!” Maria is a district health manager in Kenya. This was her response when I asked how closely she works with the national Ministry of Health in delivering community health services. In 2013, the governance […]

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What can we learn from the European Union’s first right to food law?

By Tomaso Ferrando and Roberto Sensi. In this second article on the #RightToFood, part of a BMJ Global Health series, we discuss our experience of the conception and enactment of a right to food law in Lombardia, Italy. The “Recognition, Protection and Promotion of the Right to Food,” was approved by the Lombardia Regional Council in November 2015. […]

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Jose Luis Vivero-Pol and Tomaso Ferrando: Let’s talk about the right to food

Legal recognition of the right to food and nutrition can create the grounds for effective and systemic solutions for hunger and malnutrition. Recently, the media was abuzz with news of plans by the Scottish Equalities Secretary to legislate the right to food within Scottish law. This would be a step towards tackling food poverty in […]

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Adesoji Ademuyiwa: Improving child survival following emergency surgery

As a paediatric surgeon in Nigeria, my experience is that child survival following emergency surgery is lower compared to children in more developed countries. This is especially the case in the neonatal period. Studies in countries with a low to middle Human Development Index (HDI) have documented several challenges associated with this issue—delays in presentation […]

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Aderemi Oyedeji and Anja Choon: Stigmatization of mental health problems in Nigeria

The BMJ Global Health blog Mental health is neglected and stigmatized globally and across societies, in spite of its high burden. Moreover, in Nigeria, mental health is not just neglected but remains completely absent from key health sector documents. There is a glimmer of hope though, in the form of a revised mental health policy from 2013, […]

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Soumyadeep Bhaumik: Social media in global health

The BMJ Global Health blog The connectivity made possible by social media is one of the most important revolutionary changes in the last decade. And The BMJ has always encouraged openness, transparency, and multi-stakeholder involvement, through blogs and other social media. The BMJ now has an extensive blog portfolio. At BMJ Global Health, we have […]

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