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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.

Photo credit: Morten Sodemann

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Happy World Health Day!

7 April is the World Health Day and it falls on the birthday of the World Health Organization (WHO). The theme for the World Health Day 2015 is food safety, declaring that Everyone, everywhere needs safe food, free from microbes, viruses and chemicals.

You can read more about pesticides in the GHM Emerging Issue Brief. The author Erik Jørs writes that the pesticides are responsible for millions of human poisonings and hundreds of thousands deaths each year.


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GHM Emerging Issue Brief: Universal Health Coverage

“Universal Health Coverage can only lead to health and well-being for all, when it is accompanied by progress in the social determinants of health and through respect for and fulfillment of the human right to health”, argues Diederike Geelhoed in the Global Health Minders Emerging Issue Brief on Universal Health Coverage.

Download the brief on Universal Health Coverage.

Photo credit: Diederike Geelhoed

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GHM Emerging Issue Brief: Infertility

To mark the International Women’s Day, we are happy to introduce an Emerging Issue Brief on Infertility. As the authors Siri Tellier and Josephine Obel write, infertility is not a new problem. However, in the last decade it has attracted increasing attention, focusing on three concerns:

  1. A medical/clinical concern that an increasing number of couples are seeking Medically Assisted Reproduction (MAR) and that some risk factors for infertility are increasing.
  2. An economic/demographic concern regarding decreasing birth rates, leading to reduced labor force.
  3. A human rights concern that couples have fewer children than they wish.

Download the brief here.

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Just getting on with it: a Burkinabé attitude to change

When popular protest deposed former Burkinabé president Blaise Compaoré last year, many feared the country would see violent conflict. Lise Rosendal Østergaard argues that this was never inevitable. A sense of pragmatism evident in recent labour disputes shows that Burkinabés are more interested in getting on with their lives than turning to violence.

Photo credit: Göran Höglund Kartläsarn

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Klaus Winkel’s history of global health

Klaus Winkel, 
Former Head of Department in Danida, looks back in time and tells the story of Danish involvement in the field of international and global health through his own experiences and engagement.

“Support for health has dwindled over the years as a share of Danish development assistance, but this does not necessarily mean that improving health is considered less important. Rather, that it has become crowded out as a result of the ever increasing number of objectives for Danish aid, and that the many determinants of health, outside the health sector, are being addressed by a variety of interventions.”

Download the GHM Invited Commentary: ‘A history of Danish development assistance for global health’.

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