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Blog posts - 2011

On 1 December the international community celebrates World AIDS Day, which this year is ambitiously themed ‘Getting to Zero. Zero New HIV Infections. Zero Discrimination and Zero AIDS Related Deaths.’

Development education – what does it mean in 2011?

The beginning of a new academic year and the UN Development Information Day on 24 October offer a good opportunity to talk about development education – what we mean under this term, what value it carries, how it has evolved over the years, and, finally, what it means in the second decade of the 21st century.

Pastoral Famines: Potentially the Most Deadly Kind

A quarter-century ago, the Horn of Africa was hit by a famine that killed somewhere between 400,000 and 1 million people and secured the region the unfair reputation as a place of hunger and misery. When famine hit the Horn again this year, analysts and journalists asked the not unreasonable question – will this one be as bad as the 1984-85 famine? For several reasons, this famine could be much worse than that one.

 have just returned from a stimulating fortnight at Akagera National park, Rwanda, where I ran a One Health workshop, held under a professional training initiative which the Royal Veterinary College (RVC) has been responsible for implementing in Africa through the African Union IBAR on behalf of RESPOND, as part of the global Emerging Pandemic Threats programme of the USAID.

One of the most difficult issues in global health is how to increase access to medicines, vaccines and technologies. But achieving access is not everything – once access is obtained, the challenge is how to sustain it. These issues are the focus of research we are conducting in collaboration between the Chatham House Centre on Global Health Security and the London School Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.

The recent emergence of a new and virulent strain of food-borne pathogen, E. coli 104, and its impact across Europe, reflects a longstanding failure to integrate health and agricultural policy.

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