Global Health Governance Programme
We research how global institutions, finance and rules can better serve the needs of people across the world. We focus on three main areas: Improving the effectiveness of international health organizations, tracking financing to global public health and developing better tools for priority-setting
We are based in the Usher Institute for Population Health Sciences and Informatics in the University of Edinburgh Medical School.
LATEST BLOG POSTS
With the recent release of The Lancet Commission on global mental health and sustainable development, it is an opportune moment to reflect on the future of global mental health. This post begins by describing the Commission’s agenda and proceeds to offer reflections on communication and partnership in this field.
Over the past year, particularly since Dr Tedros’ election as the Director-General of the World Health Organisation, there has also been a large focus on the development of countries’ Primary Healthcare (PHC) systems. This post offers reflections on Astana Conference, on PHC and the missed opportunity with emergency preparedness.
When the 2014 Ebola epidemic in West Africa struck, millions of concerned citizens from around the world wanted to read up on the disease. A staggering 17m readers a month consulted the Ebola page on Wikipedia[i]. If Wikipedia is becoming increasingly important for public health, should university students start editing it?
Last week, a few of us global health students and researchers at the University of Edinburgh got together to watch the live-streaming of the Women Leaders in Global Health (WLGH) 2018 Conference held at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. In this post, we present 6 tips on leadership, emerging from this conference.
Very few research centres study Universal Health Coverage (UHC) and Global Health Security (GHS) at the same time. I share my reflections on the Achieving Global Health Security workshop held in Edinburgh in May this year, jointly organised by the Global Health Governance Programme at the University of Edinburgh and the Centre for Global Health Science and Security at Georgetown University.
The rise of new economic powers since the post-1945 creation of the Bretton Woods institutions – including the establishment of the World Bank in 1944 and World Health Organisation (WHO) in 1948 – has caused a paradigm shift in global health. There are growing calls to reform global governance structures to better reflect global realities. What implications do the changing nature of global governance arrangements have for global health diplomacy?
In this post, I reflect on the need to strengthen existing national health information systems in LMICs to collect data on two vital events i.e., birth and death, or in Mark Twain’s words, ‘the two most important days of our life’.
“What if governments had a proven, cost-effective way to save babies’ lives, reduce rates of malnutrition, support children’s health, increase educational attainment and grow productivity? They do: It’s called breastfeeding. And it is one of the best investments nations can make in the lives and futures of their youngest members – and in the long-term strength of their societies.”
The leading voices of global health policy are primarily drawn from a small, closely connected network of mostly Western, mostly male perspectives. In fact, in the last four issues of the Lancet (May 26- June 16, 2018) the authors of commentaries were predominantly male, white, trained and working in a European or American institution, and in a senior position. We see a similar pattern amongst experts quoted in media articles related to health security.[i],[ii] These experts have distinguished careers, and shape ongoing debates, dialogues and policies. While respecting these voices and experiences, we must also make room in ongoing debates for a more diverse community of scholars and practitioners…
The high-level meeting “Health Systems for Prosperity and Solidarity: leaving no one behind” has a theme – include, invest, innovate. “Include” means improving coverage, access and financial protection for everyone, “invest” refers to making the case for investing in health systems, and, lastly, “innovate” is about harnessing innovations and systems to meet people’s needs
The Global Health Governance Group will host a 3-day international workshop, sponsored by the Brocher Foundation, on 'Alternative Perspectives of the World Bank and its Influence on Global Health Development'. The event will bring together experts in health policy, economics, anthropology, history, and public health to discuss the development of global health policies at the World Bank. The workshop will broadly consider how to better integrate Global South perspectives in approaching the history and influence of global health institutions. Stay tuned to our website in 2018 to learn more about workshop speakers and logistics.
We are hosting a week long exhibition the first week in April 2019 entitled “Healthy and Sustainable Futures” This will be held in the Playfair Library and will launch on Monday the 1st April 2019 at 4pm. The opening event on the 1st April will be hosted by Dr Gemma Flynn and will include a welcome from the Principal Peter Mathieson, talks from Professor Devi Sridhar, Head of College Moira Whyte and Michael Miller from Advantage - Edinburgh's Disability Tennis Programme http://www.edinburghdisabilitytennis.co.uk/
Every day from Tuesday to Friday we will open the exhibition to the public from 10-4pm and will have 2 sessions each day at 10am and 1pm where each of our 4 core research team will give a short session including hands on craft activities for children broadly related to their topic of research. The children attending these sessions will be selected through our Widening Participation initiative at the University. https://www.ed.ac.uk/student-recruitment/widening-participation.
The main purpose of the exhibition itself is to engage and educate the public. We would like the children (and adults with them) to take away a better understanding of what Global Health means for the future.
Waitrose Comely Bank have kindly agreed to sponsor the fruit and snacks for the children involved.