July 2012 archive

World hepatitis day 2012: successes and failures

In 2010, it was decided that the 28th of July would be recognised as ‘World Hepatitis Day’. As one of only four diseases being granted a special awareness day (the others being HIV?AIDS, TB, and Malaria), Hepatitis is a disease that sees rapidly rising cases around the world, with more

Posted on Tue, 31 Jul 2012

Keeping It Global with Open Access

  As I tell anyone who asks me why I want to do oncology, I love (yes, LOVE) working in a multidisciplinary team.   Lucky me, because interdisciplinary student collaboration was exactly the name of the game at the Right to Research Coalition’s (RtRC) first General more

Posted on Mon, 30 Jul 2012


  On June 23, hundreds of supporters of the NHS gathered in the Friend’s meeting house in Euston. During an open mic session, Dr Anna Livingstone, a general practitioner from Tower Hamlets read aloud a letter from Dr Mohammed Shafik, a neuropsychiatrist and his colleagues from more

Posted on Sat, 28 Jul 2012

Stakeholders and their meaningless answers to meaningful questions

So Eva Wooding and I have been hanging out at the Youth pre-conference for the past couple of days. The youth pre-conference brings around 150 young delegates from around the world together before the main shindig kicks off tomorrow, so unfortunately the pre-conference came to a bitter-sweet more

Posted on Sun, 22 Jul 2012


  Each year, tens of thousands are made to face the prospect of homelessness by substance abuse, unemployment, domestic violence, and mental health problems. Rendered invisible by social exclusion, many fade into anonymity and vulnerability, all the more frustrating when help exists more

Posted on Sun, 22 Jul 2012

The International AIDS Conference 101

  What is the IAC? The International AIDS Conference meets every two years, run by the International AIDS Society, where over 22,000 delegates and 2,000 volunteers involved in the HIV/AIDS response convene. The conference is an opportunity for leaders, academics, grassroot more

Posted on Sun, 22 Jul 2012

Melinda Gates's Controversial Contraceptive Pledge

  On Wednesday July 11th, Britain hosted the 2012 Family Planning Summit in London. As David Cameron received a standing ovation and worldwide commendation for his pledge to increase Britain's contribution to worldwide family planning more

Posted on Tue, 17 Jul 2012

Giving Birth in the Developing World

  As someone who is an advocator of women's rights in health care, I have spent most of this year looking forward to seeing my first birth in the developing world. Alongside other students from Swansea University I travelled to Ghana at the beginning of June to experience health more

Posted on Mon, 9 Jul 2012

The British Medical Association - potential untapped

  To the average medical student the BMA can seem an enigma. It’s a vast organisation, led by 34-member BMA Council, countless committees, and a 600 staff strong secretariat. Last week was the Annual Representative Meeting (ARM), bringing together 600 doctors and medical students more

Posted on Mon, 2 Jul 2012

Guest Post: The crisis at the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria

In 2002, with the future of the fight against AIDS, TB and Malaria looking bleak, the world came together to form a unique partnership: the Global Fund to Fight AIDS TB and Malaria. This kicked off one of the most extraordinary decades in the history of public health, massively increasing more

Posted on Mon, 2 Jul 2012

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