Articles by Remco van de Pas

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

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several days of intense outrage and scrutiny, particularly in the news and on social media, the Director-General rescinded the appointment of Robert Mugabe, Zimbabwe’s longtime president, … Read more »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 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 »

Health, Jobs and the Economy: the workforce revolution

Posted in articles by on September 23, 2016

This week marked a historic moment for the global health workforce community. The High-Level Commission on Health Employment and Economic Growth, chaired by France’s President François Hollande and South-Africa’s President Jacob Zuma, delivered its final report and recommendations to UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon on the sidelines of the … Read more »

Dialogue on international health workforce mobility in Abidjan: why health labour markets are important for foreign policy

Posted in articles by on June 24, 2016

Last week, I was in Abidjan, the ‘economic’ capital of the Ivory Coast. I was invited by the WHO to facilitate a dialogue on international health workforce mobility during an inter-sectoral consultation of policymakers and partners in Francophone countries.  This consultation feeds into a UN High Level Commission on Health … Read more »

Health workforce 2030: a transformative agenda?

Posted in articles by on January 22, 2016

Next week, WHO’s Executive Board will discuss the draft Global Strategy on human resources for health: Workforce 2030. If all goes well, the final version will be endorsed at the 69th World Health Assembly in May. Workforce 2030 provides a new and progressive health workforce agenda. A decade ago, The … Read more »