June Global Health Readings

I’ll plug a blog post at the Harvard Macy Institute website that I did last month, on global health and medical education.


I’ll also plug the performance Suitcase Stories, returning to Somerville in Jan 2020, where immigrants or their children tell a 10 minute story about some aspect of their life. It was great earlier his year, with a wide range of experiences and polish between the storytellers; highly recommend.


For those who are working on global health research projects, consider submitting your abstract to the CUGH conference in DC (April 18-20th, 2020). Note a very early due date of August 25th (may get pushed back a bit, but don’t bet on it).


On to readings!





The discussions around decolonizing global health are not new, but seem to be happening with greater vigor and with a welcome increase in contributors from the Global South. While there is not a clear solution to the issue, raising the topic – repeatedly – is a good start. The tension in a system where people from rich countries try to help, or assist, or support, or accompany (the word choice matters here, and so I offer up several we see used) people in poor countries is quite real, and there is a lot of work to be done around it.




Good summary of the foreseeable challenge in health worker quantity and, importantly, distribution in the coming decades. As noted, the issue is complicated – not solely HCW moving from LMIC to HIC (and they didn’t even talk about the urban/rural divide intracountry) – and one that requires multilateral approaches.




The perennial topic of polio vaccination in Pakistan – as many of you know from the Havard Business School case we go through, this is not a new problem, and it is interesting to read both how the response and the denials have evolved over time. Perhaps I’m overusing “tension” this time through, but there fundamental tension between the global benefit of polio vaccination and the immediate needs of the Pakistani population quite evident in the quotes chosen for the article.




Finally, this article featuring my friend Hanni campaigning for human trafficking as an ICD-11 code reminds us of the importance of data in global health. While it’s true that not everything that matters can measured, measurement makes topics matter more to many.

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