“Youth in Principle, Not on Paper or in Policy” – Primary Health Care & Universal Health Coverage

Just over a month ago, one of the most critical health events of the year took place in Astana, Kazakhstan. The Global Conference on Primary Health Care (AA40) marked the 40th anniversary of the Declaration of Alma Ata (1978), a visionary document that articulated a path forward towards health equity grounded in primary health care […]

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The WHO Astana Declaration: Where lies the future of primary health care?

Last week, governments of UN member states, academics and the international health community were hosted by WHO and the Ministry of Health of Kazakhstan in Astana to reaffirm their commitment to universal primary health care. This pledge was first pronounced 40 years ago in Almaty on a Declaration that moulded the way primary healthcare works […]

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Toxic masculinity: a poor excuse for poor global health

In 1978 the relatively unknown Australian Ken Warby fitted his boat, the Spirit of Australia, with a military surplus Westinghouse jet engine bought at an auction, and went on to set the world water speed record reaching 511 kilometres per hour. The record has lasted for 40 years; dozens of people have died chasing their […]

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Global health governance – to support the new or to strengthen the old?

The common norms and rules-based order on which international cooperation has been based for seven decades are increasingly being challenged. The rise of new economic powers since the post-1945 creation of the Bretton Woods institutions – including the establishment of the World Bank in 1944 and World Health Organisation (WHO) in 1948 – has caused […]

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The WHO essential diagnostic list: a tool for the future.

 Prof Adrian Newland on what the WHO essential diagnostic list mean for the future .  The World Health Organisation’s (WHO) Strategic Advisory Group of Experts on In Vitro Diagnostics (SAGE-IVD) was set up in 2017 to develop a list of essential diagnostic tests to complement the essential medicines list that has been available for over 40 […]

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Equitable access to global health and development internship

Julia Symons and Brian Adams examine the importance of equitable internship in global health and development in light of the recent World Health Assembly resolution.  In May, the World Health Assembly – the highest decision-making body of the World Health Organization (WHO) – passed a resolution committing the organization to reform of its internship programme. Crucially, […]

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The fight against NCDs: multi sectoral convergence as a ‘best buy’

The recently concluded 71st World Health Assembly brought a spotlight on NCDs.  Dr Lisa Murphy and Dr. Lujain Al-Qodmani discuss the NCD dialogues at the 71st WHA and what this means for global health . Non-communicable diseases (NCDs), and the burden they have on populations and health systems across the globe, have been a recent […]

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Climate change and health at WHA71: an environment for action

The recently concluded 71st World Health Assembly provides an unprecedented environment for action to act on climate change. Alice McGushin  & Yassen Tcholakov talk about their hopes on the WHO to exert hard diplomacy on climate change for health . The World Health Organization (WHO) has recognised climate change as the “defining issue of the […]

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