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Does public health practice punish the poor?

“The quasi-religious belief in the power of the individual to overcome their own problems, embedded deeply in Anglo-American culture, and within much of psychotherapy itself, has long been used by the powerful as a justification for disciplining the poor.” Zoe Williams, in today’s Guardian. You can read the full article here.   I was trained […]

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Dallas Buyers Club & Public Health

A movie about an AIDS-riven Texan “good-old boy” who distributes unapproved drugs, is a clear Oscar contender, and a public health primer.     Not really that impressed with Matthew McConaughey’s attempts at respectability after seeing Mud and Paperboy, I had low expectations for a movie that looked like it was a cynical Oscar-vehicle. I […]

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Reimagining Public Health Education

What is the value of the “global” in “global health”?   “Global health is an attitude. It is a way of looking at the world. It is about the universal nature of our human predicament. It is a statement about our commitment to health as a fundamental quality of liberty and equity” Richard Horton   […]

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Why isn’t the HPV vaccine on the essential drug list?

The other day I was at a function, small-talking about my current work (in cervical cancer prevention). A parent asked me “so, should I get my daughter vaccinated against HPV?”. “Of course!” I said – “unless you want her to get cervical cancer…..”   This is an easy question for parents who love their daughters. […]

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Innovations in Monitoring: Biometrics

Who is who? Robust personal identification is an important part of service provision and patient tracking across the continuum of care. This is especially important in chronic care (such as TB or HIV) where drug adherence is necessary for successful treatment outcomes and curbing transmission. In the case of TB, tracking drug adherence is essential […]

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