Looking for a little more information on the topics, organizations, or people we discussed during a show? Maybe you missed the after show and the special mentions we made of articles, research papers, etc. Sometimes we just can't include it all in the show notes so this page is your resource for all additional items of interest from This Week in Global Health and the TWiGHTeam!
Abortion as a Global Health Issue
Episode 39: HEALTHCARE IN CONFLICT & EMERGENCIES
**Be sure to watch the whole episode to hear stories from the field from both Dr. Eshaya-Chauvin and Dr. Greg Martin!**
Background: In conflicts, like those occurring in Sudan, Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Ukraine and beyond, war complicates the efforts of those not involved to get the health care they need. Speaking to this issue and representing the Health Care in Danger project was Dr Bruce Eshaya-Chauvin, Medical Advisor for the Health Care for the in Danger Project since November 2012, who has been many years in the field with the I.C.R.C as former head of Health Division of the ICRC and head of the Health Department of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.
The BIG issue: There are many major problems leading to lack of safe access to health-care including attacks against patients and health-care personnel (including kidnapping or murder), destruction of medical facilities and obstructions of health-care delivery. A single act of violence that damages a hospital or kills health-care workers has a knock-on effect, depriving many patients of treatment they would otherwise have received from the facility or workers in question. It can also disrupt delivery of basic health-care services, such as mother and child care, treatment of chronic diseases) and vital public health programs such as vaccination campaigns.
So, what is Health Care in Danger: In 2011, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) launched its Health Care in Danger campaign, as global effort to mobilize support for health care providers in war zones and strengthen their capacity to provide lifesaving resources during civil conflicts. Respect for and protection of health care in armed conflicts and other emergencies is a huge problem that affects us all.
How is HCiD currently working to resolve issues? Instead of looking at incidents of violence in isolation, HCiD conducts a regular incident analysis in more than twenty countries where the ICRC is operational to look at problems “holistically”- consolidated in one place. You can check out the most recent of their comprehensive reports on violent incidents affecting the delivery of healthcare, covering 2012-2014, by heading here. HCiD collaborates with a huge number of organizations to to find solutions to violence that are tailored to the specific context.
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*Events! Major international health-care organizations have agreed on a common code of ethics applicable in times of armed conflict and other emergencies. HCiD hosts "A Common Core on Ethics", on 30 June 2015!
*E-Learning!! The HCiD module introduces health-care personnel to the principles underpinning ethical considerations when working in conflict situations and other emergencies.
*More reading: A story on medical workers in conflict zones via NPRs Goats and Soda blog, the Human Rights Watch 2015 Report on Safeguarding Health in Conflict, and the GulfNews report on the state of Healthcare in Yemen.
Also see the UNICEF blog on the Yemeni health system and the MSF press release on the bombing of hospitals in Syria, both from 18 June 2015. Actually, just take a look at all MSF and ICRC press releases to get up to speed, including this one on ICRC opening a surgical hospital in Yemen despite all the fighting.
*The Health Care in Danger youtube site is a wealth of information, covering different countries and the range of problems faced. Videos in EN and FR
Episode 25: NON-COMMUNICABLE DISEASES & THE WHO
Jordan Jarvis of YP-CDN joined us again for this panel and brought a wealth of knowledge our way. Definitely check out the show and post-show to hear her insights and perspective on NCDs and different aspects of the WHOs Global Action Plan (GAP) and 2014 status Report. We focused on the implementation of the plan and talked Universal Health Care, Private sector involvement, poverty as a major obstacle, and barriers to prevention. Here are some articles and publications that we found immensely helpful. And for more on each of the nine individual areas the WHO wants to tackle, check out the actual report: Kris read the whole thing (you can too! or... just the first 5 pages OR check out the infographic... either way...) and says it is comprehensive, well organized, and easy to navigate!
Episode 24: MEASLES
Here are a number of articles we found interesting but were unable to address in the show. Many thanks to Brian Simpson at Global Health Now for always providing us with so many great resources!
Don't forget to head over to the JHU Measles Symposium event page where you can watch archived video of the meeting and get even more in depth information on the outbreak, controversy, and interesting insights into policy and prevention.
Georgia measles case a reminder disease is global issue, courtesy of the Seattle Times
The US and measles, from NPR
A Council on Foreign Relations interview with Laurie Garrett
HANS ROSLING talkes Measles and vaccination rates.
Episode 23: CANCER
There were so many items of interest that we wanted to include for you- we didn't even cover it all in the 30 minutes post-show discussion! Below you can find links to various pieces of research, blog posts, articles and links to organizations that we were unable to mention on the show or couldn't fit into this weeks show notes
RESEARCH & READING
Access to Cancer Meds, courtesy of Oxfam
Cancer in the Developing World- worse than AIDS, via the economist
Curbing Cervical Cancer, courtesy of Jhpiego
"Cancer is a global health problem" - the Lufkin News
D.Matheka and J.Jarvis blog post on Cancer in Kenya
J.Jarvis and A.Meek for Amref Africa: Cancer Outreach in Africa
Worldwide spending on cancer has reached levels equivalent to the GDP of Hong Kong which is the 35th largest economy in the world (2015 World Innovation Summit for Health report, Qatar)
Cancer Research UK (CRUK)
GLOBOCAN aims to provide contemporary estimates of the incidence of, mortality and prevalence from major type of cancers, at national level, for 184 countries of the world
PATH- lots of work with cervical cancer/HPV
- Partners in Health (PIH) Cancer and Chronic Diseases
Union for International Cancer Control (UICC)- responsible for World Cancer Day!
World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF)
For an even longer list, with country-specific organizations and listings, check out the National and International Cancer Organizations Index with listings of over 300 different agencies working in Cancer research, treatment, advocacy and education.
Want to learn more about YP-CDN's work with Cancer in Kenya? Head over to their Google+ page and catch this video they recorded with their colleague in their Kenya chapter, Dr. Mellany Murgor
Episode 20: Tuberculosis
We encountered some technical difficulties this episode and had so much more to share!
BioMedCentral (BMC)has updated and re-released its article collection on Medicine for Global Health to help focus on the public health initiatives, the development of health care policies and evidence-based guidelines, in addition to research into the control and treatment of diseases. Of particular interest is the latest forum article, with a panel of eight experts highlight a number of neglected non-communicable diseases (NCDs) and updated infographics, which serves remind us of the significant health burdens caused by these - Check out the collection here: http://bit.ly/1u4iZMl
We wanted to share so many more organizations that support the fight against Tuberculosis, but our feed shut down right in the middle of it all. To check out a few more of these fantastic groups, follow the link!
Episode 19: Health Systems Part 1,
an interview with Dr. Jonathan Quick of MSH
We started our "Health Systems Series" with a number of special guests and panelists, all of whom made our show fun and helped to saturate it with great discussion on health systems and Universal Health Care (Thanks Agnes and Terry!!!).
Of note, we had Dr. Jonathan Quick of Management Sciences for Health (MSH) come on to speak to us about MSH's role in helping to strengthen health systems and services through building locally led and locally run health systems, and providing leadership development and support, health worker training programs, and creating structure. If you missed the episode, he provided some wonderfully encouraging input on finding a job in global health (go watch it if you haven't yet, it's inspiring and motivating!), but the good people at MSH also provided us with some great additional content to pass on to you.
So read up- look at these links of interest and be informed!
More from Dr. Jonathan Quick and MSH:
Episode 17: 2014 Global Health News RoundUp!
We covered what we thought were some of the most intriguing, pivotal, engaging, alarming, or controversial global health stories of the year. Here are links to some of the content we didn't get to include.
Ebola - The Economist generated some info graphics to show the progression of Ebola across Western Africa. note: THIS INFOGRAPHIC UPDATES EVERY FEW DAYS AND SHOWS CURRENT DATA INTO 2015! . The Washington Post also published a beautiful feature, complete with moving images and stories (from Lenny Bernstein and photography by Michel du Cille) about the triumphs and struggles of Ebola survivors in Liberia.
Millennium Development Goals: as we approach the end of 2015 and the first deadline, much more attention was paid to the MDG's, as we've realized there is still much to do. For a look at where the different areas of the world stand in meeting their intended goals, this summary chart pdf created by the UN has greatness in its straightforward simplicity!!!
What about beyond 2015? We;; we have that for you too. Check out the post-2015 Development Agenda and learn how the worlds leaders plan to scale up.
Dengue, Chikungunya: the number of cases for these tropical diseases grew rapidly and yet, were overshadowed by another raging health pandemic, Ebola. To learn more about what we saw from these neglected diseases in 2014, and catch up on what you might have missed, check out the publication on Dengue
Universal Health Coverage (UHC): We started the discussion on the show and are curious to see where it will go from here- is theory better than reality, or will UHC give some hope to countries struggling with providing health care to its population? We can't wait to see it UHC becomes the new standard in health care for developing countries, and it health equity will improve. Read the Rockefeller Foundation report on closing the service gap.
Scaling up Health Workforce education and training: According to CapacityPlus, "To ensure adequate access to health services, many countries need to increase the number of health workers being trained. However, available funding often falls far short of what is required to produce enough health workers." The site has made free eLearning courses available for people involved in training health workers or health education policy, especially those working in sub-Saharan Africa.
Climate Change: There is no skirting the issue- Global warming is having huge effects on many aspects of our lives, from farming and crop health to rising incidence of many diseases. This article by cleantechnica covers the WHO Climate Report and has some sobering facts and details:
Episode 16: DNDI, Global Health Watch 4, HIV/AIDS cont.
We love DNDi, or the Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative, for their incredibly hard work and advocacy in access to medicines and the research and development of neglected drugs. Rachel Cohen came on the show to talk about DNDi's work and Access to Meds, and they have contributed to some exceptional projects and progress. If you missed the pretty great discussion that took place after the show, then click here to catch up and read about one of the most exciting advances in PedsHIV. Ooh, and this one too!
We mentioned the AIDS2016 logo contest, and we know our viewers have passion and talent- think you are a contender for designing the logo? Read through to learn more
inks to TWO interesting articles by Tom Murphy, for the Humanosphere. The first article is on how the proteins in breast milk just might protect against HIV! The second, aptly titled "The Global State of AIDS; the good, the goodish, and the not-so good" covers some reports on AIDS/HIV as we approached World Aids Day.
UNAIDS article on how a triple-ARV regimen is more effective in preventing maternal to child transmission (MTCT) of HIV. Results from a major clinical trial released on 17 November provide further evidence that triple antiretroviral medicine combinations are more effective than single-medicine regimens in preventing mother-to-child transmission of HIV. Named PROMISE—Promoting Maternal and Infant Survival Everywhere—the trial was conducted in India, Malawi, South Africa, United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Also, to access some amazingly informative and descriptive info graphics, please head to the UNAIDS resources page and look at the great content they've created.
More to come soon- look for resources for our episodes all the way back to the beginning!!