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Clara Affun-Adegbulu

Clara is a researcher at the Health Policy Unit, ITM, Belgium
 

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#NotATarget: Protecting peace-building health workers in the line of duty

Last year, members of the health community came together to commemorate Alma Ata. While there was cause for celebration in Astana, it was nonetheless clear that progress had been uneven and people in some parts of the world were in danger of being left behind. There are of course many reasons why 40 years after the initial declaration, the worl...

Some feedback on the IHP Newsletter Evaluation from this summer

Last summer we decided to evaluate the newsletter. We wanted to know more about our readers, and check if we were meeting our focal goal of providing a weekly update on global health policy & governance in the health SDG era, with focus on health policy & systems research, all this of course while “Switching the Poles”. The evaluation was a ...

Alma Ata at 40: Midlife crisis or Graceful Maturity?

In the summer of 1978, Grease, the cult movie opened in theatres, and some weeks later, Louis Joy Brown – the first test tube baby – was born in England. These two facts were momentous enough in themselves, but only a few months later, something else would join them in the annals of global history, and no, it wasn’t Godzilla. In the autumn of ...

World Cup 2018: Gendered experiences of defeat and victory

It is now three days after one of the most exciting FIFA world cups of recent times and already, to some of my male colleagues, it feels as if they have entered one of the black holes in the universe. In this year’s edition of the event, teams like Italy and the Netherlands which are usually fixtures in the competition were noticeable absences...

#MeToo at the World Health Assembly: Discussing sexual abuse and exploitation in international cooperation

Last Saturday (26 May), the very last (side-)event of the World Health Assembly in Geneva was about one of the most embarrassing challenges in international health work: “#AidToo: Sexual exploitation in international cooperation”. #AidToo is a sub-section of the #MeToo movement which definitely needs no introduction, as the ripples it has ca...

After the fall from Grace: What Next?

More than a fortnight after the Times broke the news on the Oxfam scandal, the aftershocks are still being felt in the humanitarian assistance and development sector. The story has more twists and turns than a cheap garden hose, and there seems to be a new development every day, with several other organisations admitting to having the same probl...

Caring for the Carers: The Occupational Hazard of Being a Healthcare Professional in Nigeria

Two weeks ago, Nigerian Twitter was in uproar over the death of a certain Ahmed Victor Idowu. He was a House Officer (i.e. a qualified doctor practising under supervision in hospital in the first couple of years after graduation) who died from Lassa Fever contracted in the line of duty. Lassa fever, for the uninitiated among us, is according to ...

Exploring the Debate Smorgasbord at ECTMIH2017

Having previously never attended a tropical medicine conference, I was equal parts excited and apprehensive about ECTMIH. I wondered if I would find anything to suit my non-clinical, non-biomedical interests, and yes, I admit I was being a bit finicky, seeing as the congress was supposed to be focusing on tropical Medicine. Anyway, it turns out ...

What I learned at the WHO Europe Summer School on Refugee and Migrant Health

About this time a month ago, I walked into the arrival lounge of Catania International Airport, looking bleary-eyed for the shuttle driver who was supposed to pick me up. I was grateful to see the placard that had the words ‘WHO Summer School’ inscribed on it, because I was suddenly overcome with fatigue and felt lightheaded. The flight seem...