The thin line between lobbying and corruption: health advocacy

  What is corruption? What image comes to mind when you see the word corruption? I was born and raised in Nigeria and I associate corruption with Ghana must go bags, agbada, bullion vans, and animals swallowing money before vanishing. Lobbying never comes to mind. Lobbying conjures images of placards, campaigns for social issues and […]

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If global health equity is to stand a chance, the UK must cancel its plans to offshore asylum seekers to Rwanda

  The United Kingdom (UK) government’s recently announced plans to send asylum seekers to Rwanda for offshore processing and never allow them to return to the UK raise major health and human rights concerns. The UK defends the policy by saying it aims to break smuggling networks and stem migration flow across the channel; a […]

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COVID-19 could slow the humanitarian response for the Ukraine crisis

  COVID-19 incidence is decreasing after a recent surge across Europe. However, 2.8 million deaths were reported in the week 20th April just after COVID-19 precautions throughout the EU have been scaled back dramatically. Poland, which has welcomed the majority of Ukrainian refugees, ended its indoor mask mandate on March 28 for all public spaces […]

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Primary care physicians and clinical courage – stories from tribal Rajasthan, India

  A physician practising in a remote and resource constrained setting is frequently faced with clinical situations which fall in the grey zone at the fringe of her/his competence and comfort level. In such situations, most doctors choose to refer patients to next level of care citing the poor infrastructure, and absence of the needed […]

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Charting the rise of Family MUAC: equipping families across the world with the tools to identify wasting at home

  Globally, wasting treatment services admit over 5 million children on a yearly basis, providing lifesaving therapeutic treatment to these high-risk children. Yet only one third of children with wasting receive treatment. Limited geographic coverage means that treatment is just not available in many places. Scaling-up services within countries is essential to ensure that treatment […]

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COVID-19 hospitalizations in the United States: Where is the data on race?

  The United States has shifted its focus on tracking COVID-19 cases to the use of hospitalizations as a primary metric in assessing “community level risk,” based on the recent guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). However, COVID-19 hospitalization data remains murky, inhibiting public health officials to accurately understand who is […]

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The COVID-19 pandemic response: A microcosm of neocolonialism that hurts us all

  Modern colonization drastically differs from what it was historically. Today’s control does not require economically rich countries to invade, set up physical colonies, or exert military control in less powerful countries. Instead, the neo-colonial power dynamics and approaches of today are more complex. A key difference is the emergence of global health in the […]

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Reflexivity in quantitative research – A Master of Global Health class perspective

  “Are numbers in quantitative research objective?” Our 2021-2022 Masters of Global Health class at Karolinska Institutet reflected during an in-class discussion on the role of reflexivity in quantitative research. The question was raised after learning about the concept in our qualitative research lectures. While reflexivity was used as a quality measurement in qualitative research, […]

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Preventing tooth decay in resource-limited settings

  For the first time since it was first published in 1977, dental medicines have been added to the World Health Organization Essential Drug List. How could it take 44 years to include these items on a list addressing people’s priority needs given that untreated tooth decay is the most common global health condition? The […]

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