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Global Health Themes

In addition to the Emerging Issue Briefs and Controversial Issue Briefs, Global Health Minders has also published a number of broader briefing papers and background articles on selected cross-cutting global health issues that we think need more attention.

These papers are collected in a separate section ‘Global Health Themes’ and include briefing papers on Non-Communicable Diseases, Primary Health Care and mHealth and three background articles: the first one analysing ‘Public Health in Post-Conflict States’, the second one exploring what ‘Global Health’ means, and the last one debating whether we should prioritise ‘Education or Health’.

Have you not found them yet? Here is the link.

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Link: Training young scientists should be prioritized

In the recent blog post at plos.org, co-Editor in Chief of PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases Serap Aksoy underlines the importance of investing in the next generation of scientist who will ensure the sustainability of the progress made on the Neglected Tropical Diseases.

Read the article “Training the Next Generation of Scientists from Disease Endemic Countries Should be a High Priority in Disease Elimination Efforts” at plos.org.

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Link: AIDS advance benefits men, but leaves women behind

Tom Paulson writes at www.humanosphere.org that the biggest story out of one of the world’s biggest conferences on HIV-AIDS, which was held in Seattle this week, was that new studies further demonstrated the benefit of taking the anti-HIV drug Truvada to prevent infection by HIV. For one gender, anyway. Unfortunately for women, who today account for about 60 percent of those infected with HIV worldwide, the studies only show a benefit for men.

Read the article at www.humanosphere.org

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Link: Enabling dynamic partnerships through joint degrees

A new article about research partnerships: Enabling Dynamic Partnerships through Joint Degrees between Low- and High-Income Countries for Capacity Development in Global Health Research: Experience from the Karolinska Institutet/Makerere University Partnership. The article is available at PLOS Medicine

Summary Points:

  • Partnerships between universities in high- and low-income countries have the potential to increase research capacity in both settings.
  • We describe a partnership between the Karolinska Institutet in Sweden and Makerere University in Uganda that includes a joint PhD degree program and sharing of scientific ideas and resources.
  • Ten years of financial support from the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency has enabled 44 graduated PhD students and more than 500 peer-reviewed articles, the majority with a Ugandan as first author.
  • The collaborative research environment is addressing Ugandan health and health system priorities, in several cases resulting in policy and practice reforms.
  • Even though all Ugandan PhD graduates have remained in the country and 13 have embarked on postdoc training, remaining institutional challenges include developing functioning research groups, grant writing, network building at Makerere, and continued funding on both sides of the partnership.

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Link: Lessons for Global Health from Chatham House

Interesting research paper from Chatham House, the Royal Institute of International Affairs, which is an independent policy institute based in London: ‘Lessons for Global Health from Global Environmental Governance‘. The paper responds to question How should global health’s institutional architecture be matched with its governance needs? by drawing lessons from the field of global environmental governance and highlights three lessons:

  1. Coordination among the institutions of a complex and crowded governance system does not depend on grand overarching structures. Coordination can also be achieved through decentralized management and through decisions made within each institution or by institutional stakeholders. Synergy, however, can come at the cost of subordinating a given objective to stronger political or normative forces.
  2. Scientific knowledge is not only a precondition for action but actually coevolves with it, necessitating institutional structures that protect its independence from politics, while simultaneously facilitating a productive interaction.
  3. The effectiveness of global governance depends on states having both sufficient governmental capacity and the political will to forge national policy coherence in support of implementation.

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