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Renzo Guinto

A Filipino physician and 2014 Emerging Voice for Global Health, Renzo Guinto (@RenzoGuinto) is a Doctor of Public Health candidate at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.
 

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From “Health for All” to “Universal Health”: The Americas Region Seems to Get it. Again.

This April, the Pan-American Health Organization (PAHO) released a report entitled “Universal Health in the 21st Century: 40 Years of Alma-Ata.” As the title implies, the report commemorates the 40th anniversary of the Alma Ata Declaration on Primary Health Care (PHC), arguably one of the most important documents in the history of global he...

#DecolonizeGlobalHealth: Rewriting the narrative of global health

The history of the field of global health is always traced back to tropical medicine, an earlier discipline started by former Western empires. Generally, the focus of tropical medicine was the study of infectious diseases prevalent in colonies in the tropics. The purpose was to find measures to protect the colonizers from acquiring these diseas...

Political Economy of PMAC: Who Gets Invited, Who Doesn’t, and So What

Each year, the global health calendar (as graphically summarized by Kent Buse on Twitter recently – here’s part one) begins with the Prince Mahidol Award Conference (PMAC) in Bangkok – together with the WHO Executive Board Meeting in Geneva, of course. Under the patronage of the Thai royal family, PMAC honors Thailand’s Father of Public H...

A journey of friendship: how Alma-Ata made us young global health leaders

      Roopa (center) and Renzo (far right) with WHO Director-General Margaret Chan (2nd from left), UNICEF Executive Director Ann Veneman (2nd from right) and other youth delegates during the 30th-anniversary conference of the Alma Ata Declaration in 2008   It has been 40 years since the adoption of the Declaration of Alma-Ata, which reaffirmed...

Building the social foundations of planetary health

Two weeks ago, I read with much delight the suggestions that my friend Kristof proposed for the future of planetary health. Overall, there is nothing to oppose with his suggestions and observations. In fact, these are the kinds of conversations that are very much needed to push the frontiers of a young idea. I would even say that planetary healt...

Reimagining public health in the 21st century

Last week, my Facebook newsfeed was flooded with posts from friends and colleagues about the practice of public health in the Philippines and abroad. On one hand, my fellow Filipino friend Harvy Joy Liwanag, who is doing his PhD at the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute, noted in his FB wall the lack of ‘an influential group to represe...

The Gospel According to Michael Marmot

  Last January 29-31, 2016, I was blessed to attend the Prince Mahidol Award Conference (PMAC) – Thailand’s annual global health event – for the third time, and I felt very elated that this year’s award for public health went to Sir Michael Marmot – a global health icon who of course needs no introduction. This news did not come as a s...

We cannot have post-COP 21 depression

It may already be a month since the world’s governments, at last, after 20 years of fancy (and I hope carbon-neutral) conferences, arrived at an agreement for global climate action, but people are still talking about COP 21 – which is a good thing because most UN conferences end up vanishing in oblivion and then suddenly re-emerge in politic...

New leadership for global health begins at home

Last August 22-24, 2015, nearly 500 new leaders in health research and innovation gathered at the New Leaders for Health (NL4H) Pre-Forum, which was held at the Philippine International Convention Center in Manila, Philippines. This event served as a prelude to the Global Forum on Research and Innovation for Health (also called Forum 2015), whic...

‘Emerged voices’ speak to the emerging: Ten takeaways from the ‘Manila conversation’

    In last week’s New Leaders for Health (NL4H) Pre-Forum in Manila, four Emerging Voices alumni – three from Class 2014 (Renzo Guinto, Nasreen Jessani, Bhaskar Purohit) and one from Class 2012 (Beverly Ho) – participated in a panel entitled “Emerging Voices for Global Health: The Future of Health Systems Research.” The panel aimed to...

Global Health Post-2015: Tackling the ‘Elephants in the Room’

Tourists from around the world often come to Thailand to watch and ride on its lovely elephants, but last week in Bangkok, at the annual Prince Mahidol Award Conference (PMAC), more than 600 participants from 58 countries confronted the ‘elephants in the room’ of global health and development as they tackled the theme “Global Health Post-2...

Health justice in global governance – the quest continues

On December 14, 2011, Unni Gopinathan, a medical student from the University of Oslo (UiO) and one of my closest friends in the International Federation of Medical Students’ Associations (IFMSA), informed me and another UiO-IFMSA colleague Usman Mushtaq about the plan to create a Youth Commission that would work in parallel with the Lancet-Uni...