Very few Western journalists -- any journalists -- risk travelling round Syria at the moment. So they report from Beirut or the Turkish border or Dubai. Patrick Cockburn (who is older, has trouble walking and is by no means slim or fit) has been going from conflict zone to conflict zone all week and reports on it in today's (UK) Independent on … [Read more...] about How Syria looks from Syria
Archives for June 2013
Or sort of: anxiety does lead to depression but being aware of new things and putting them in context may break the pattern that reinforces depressed thinking. Our brains are pre-programmed to give more importance to the new things we see and, if we see fewer and fewer new things as we age, time seems to pass faster. Is one of the routes to treat … [Read more...] about Why being anxious will help you cope with life
India is full of newspaper columnists and entire magazines which devote themselves to pontificating on the wellbeing of the underprivileged. Vast think tanks get millions in funding to produce papers on the subject. Public health PhDs from around the world are researching on public health in India. Yet, the best writing on cervical cancer among the … [Read more...] about How come the year’s best writing on cancer among poor women in India is from Forbes?
Are we losing the fight for women's health? I'm so proud to be on the board of Engender Health -- our CEO is quoted in this International Herald Tribune article on the pessimistic outlook for women's health http://nyti.ms/15KPBbb. Latin America "has the highest estimated rates of abortions in the world, according to the Guttmacher Institute, a … [Read more...] about Are we losing the fight for women’s health?
I moderated a meeting this morning in which one participant advised the rest to “kill early, kill decisively and kill often”. You will be relieved to hear that the subject was public-private partnerships for global health. Wanjiku Kamau was talking about research programmes to find health interventions that benefit people in low-resource parts of … [Read more...] about Big London meeting on the rôle of killing in partnerships for global health – blog
Yesterday the Chancellor of the Exchequer presented government spending plans for 2015 / 16 and spending on overseas development was, again, one of the few budgets to be increased. As The Guardian reports, "Aid will rise significantly in the next few years as the coalition government meets the longstanding UN aid target of 0.7% of gross national … [Read more...] about British overseas development spending grows amidst cuts — as we predicted
As we've noted quite a few times before, Brazil's healthcare system is not the shiny example that its diplomats (and the WHO) often present to the world. This article (from a competitor, the Research Partnership) does a very good job of summarising the issues around Brazil as a pharmaceutical market. It doesn't talk about the country's great … [Read more...] about Sue and get better: Brazil’s patchy health system explained
We've noticed a trend over the past few months: customers and stakeholders are starting to think about how American shale oil and gas will change the dynamics of international relations. Even a leading US environmentalist activist told us recently that the shale gas revolution might have an upside if the US shifted from its dependency on coal. … [Read more...] about What happens to the Gulf if the US doesn’t need its oil?
An excellent in-depth piece from the Christian Science Monitor on South Africa's unexpected success in controlling HIV. It follows some interesting implications of people with HIV now having near-normal life expectancy. For my taste, it dodges a few tough issues: for example, the absence of evidence that the vast amount we spend on behaviour change … [Read more...] about How South Africa is beating the AIDS epidemic
This extraordinarily audacious British presentation on progress towards meeting G8 goals must have been put together by a civil servant with a rich sense of irony. Progress to meeting each goal is rated "good" or "satisfactory" or .... is left blank. None of the broken promises (for example the failure of France, Germany, Italy or Russia to meet … [Read more...] about Orwell lives in UK gov’t: ODA progress is either “good”, “satisfactory” or … blank