The vulnerable are here too: Insights from Nigeria

  While interviewing patients, family members and healthcare professionals for my research in Nigeria, I interviewed a 70-year-old woman who has been wheelchair-bound for almost 13 years after having a stroke. Her older son lives outside of Nigeria and she currently lives in her own house with her youngest son and daughter-in-law. The vulnerable woman […]

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Historic Economic Downfalls and Cancer Care: The forecast post-COVID

  The coronavirus pandemic, a global fight we have not seen since the previous century, undoubtedly has resulted in disastrous effects on the UK and global economy. On 12th August, the UK economy declared an official recession for the first time in 11 years as the economy shrank by 20.4%, the biggest reduction ever seen. […]

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Ce qui peut être compté ne compte pas forcément : les évaluations d’impact à méthodes mixtes dans le domaine de la santé globale

Ce qui compte ne peut pas toujours être compté, et ce qui peut être compté ne compte pas forcément : William Bruce Cameron Les campagnes de vaccination augmentent-elles le taux de vaccination des jeunes enfants?  Les programmes de visites à domicile pour les nouvelles mères ont-ils un effet positif sur l’allaitement maternel exclusif ? Les études […]

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The Ethical Dilemma of Conducting Research & the Inevitable Environmental Footprint

  Last summer I had the opportunity to work with a team studying the correlation between climate change, migration, and health systems resilience and while doing so recognized several challenges regarding eco-conscious research practices. The issue at hand is that many researchers do not conceptualize their work through the lens of sustainability. It is a […]

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How contextual issues are jeopardising the COVID-19 response in Mali ?

  On 25 March 2020, Mali reported its first imported cases of COVID-19. To curb the spread of the disease, the government had quickly introduced a series of initiatives. These were  shutting down borders, imposing a nationwide curfew, closing schools, and establishing a call center to report suspected COVID-19 cases and acquire health information. People […]

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Saving lives from COVID-19 is everyone’s responsibility

  In the past 6 months, scientists and researchers across the globe have made astonishing progress in advancing the development of vaccines for COVID-19. We are also getting much closer to finding effective treatment options. In clinical development terms, the pace of these efforts is unprecedented, with multiple promising vaccine candidates in or near the […]

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Hospital-based care for newborns in Malawi: Staying the course for improved outcomes amid COVID-19

  As a paediatrician and head of the Department of Paediatrics at Kamuzu Central Hospital (KCH) in Lilongwe, Malawi, my focus is improving care for newborns and children in our hospital and supporting the referring districts. My colleagues and I remain committed to caring for small and sick newborns during the COVID-19 pandemic despite the additional […]

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Ghana during COVID-19 : Reflections on Social Capital in Community Participation

  The Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, caused by the newly emergent coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, has hit Ghana with full blown community transmission to the shock of many policy makers. Effective measures to reduce the transmission of the virus require active support from the population. Ghana’s COVID-19 response plan takes a comprehensive cross-sectoral approach, based on […]

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