Articles by Remco van de Pas

Remco is a Research Fellow Global Health Policy, ITM Antwerp & Academic coordinator, Maastricht Centre for Global Health, Maastricht University

The old is dying and the new cannot be born (yet)

Posted in articles by on November 22, 2018

Antonio Gramsci wrote around 1930 that the crisis precisely consists in the fact that “The old is dying and the new cannot be born; in this interregnum, a great variety of morbid symptoms appear.” This quote was used by Jane Kelsey, a law professor from the University of Auckland, during … Read more »

Global health in the age of dissonance

Posted in articles by on October 24, 2018

Dissonance: Def. 1. n. A harsh, disagreeable combination of sounds; discord, 2.n. Lack of agreement, consistency, or harmony; conflict  (The Free Dictionary). This is the sentiment that stayed with me after having participated in the 5th global conference on Health Systems Research in Liverpool and directly afterwards, the 10th World … Read more »

Far Away, Yet So Close: Musings on climate and health action

Posted in articles by on November 13, 2017

On a rainy, misty day I found myself travelling early in the morning to Bonn, Germany. The former capital of West Germany (for the younger readers of this blog ) hosts this year’s annual global climate change negotiations, the 23rd Conference of the Parties (COP 23) of the United Nations Framework … Read more »

What does the Mugabe story tell us about power in global health governance?

Posted in articles by , and on November 10, 2017

The global health community recently witnessed the first major test of the new WHO Director-General, Tedros Ghebreyesus’s nascent tenure. On October 22 2017, following several days of intense outrage and scrutiny, particularly in the news and on social media, the Director-General rescinded the appointment of Robert Mugabe, Zimbabwe’s longtime president, … Read more »

Ready for a paradigm shift in global health?

Posted in articles by and on October 7, 2016

Last week, I participated in three consecutively-held global health seminars which focused on the changing nature of health cooperation and the increasing prominence of global health in international politics. Coincidentally, all meetings referred to (the need for) a paradigm shift in global health and the transformative change required to attain … Read more »