Global Health Justice

April 10, 2024

Climate mortality: From rural Indian Women to Seattle’s homeless men

By Siddhant Gupta

The climate crisis creates a tragic reality across the globe: women in India are succumbing to extreme heat, while homeless individuals, predominantly men, in Seattle are dying from extreme cold. Rohini Krishnamurthy, in the Indian Down to Earth magazine, sheds light on a troubling gender disparity in India coping with extreme temperatures. Since 2005, there…

April 8, 2024

Gaza – “Not a normal war”

By Siddhant Gupta

No war is the same. But the Gaza War is particularly unprecedented – on many fronts – the enormous death toll, targeting of children, intentional famine, unprecedented damage to health workers and facilities, emerging threats of infectious disease outbreaks.  Several recent articles and posts underscore how horrific this war has been, from the brutality of…


February 10, 2024

More years of schooling improves all-cause mortality globally – Lancet

A systematic review and meta-analysis by the IHME-CHAIN collaborators (Lancet 23 January 2024) demonstrated that increased “years of schooling had a significant and consistent effect on all-cause mortality risk and that the protective effect of education persisted for female and male individuals, across all age groups, and all levels of Socio-demographic Index of the country…

Defunding UNWRA in Gaza is ‘collective punishment’ – Lancet & Health Justice Organizations

By Steve Gloyd

Health and political leaders globally have condemned defunding of UNRWA, the principle lifeline for the people of Gaza.  Sharmila Devi, in the current issue of Lancet, quotes UN leaders and aid agency leaders (including WHO) “no other entity has the capacity to deliver the scale and breadth of assistance that 2·2 million people in Gaza…

February 6, 2024

The Equity Imperative: Confronting HPV Vaccine Apartheid to Combat Cervical Cancer

Twenty years after we developed a cervical cancer vaccine, the disease is still killing. Politics and economics got in the way, says Linda Eckert

The fight against cervical cancer faces a critical juncture. Despite the availability of a life-saving vaccine against the Human Papillomavirus (HPV), which is known to reduce cervical cancer cases significantly, a stark divide remains between high-income countries and lower-middle-income countries in vaccine access. Professor Linda Eckert, from the Department of ObGyn and the Department of…

January 30, 2024

USAID’s $9.5B supply chain vision unraveled at the expense of lives worldwide and billions of dollars wasted

In 2015, USAID unveiled the largest contract in its history, aimed at transforming health supply chains in lower-income countries. It has not gone according to plan. In 2017, it was clear the project was failing. During its worst quarter, only 7% of its shipments arrived at their destinations on time and in full. Project leaders scrambled as multiple…


January 27, 2024

Tim Schwab & “The Bill Gates Problem” Town Hall Seattle Podcast

Tim Schwab, author of  the recently published “The Bill Gates Problem: Reckoning with the myth of the good billionaire,” headlined a Seattle Town Hall event in December 2024 sponsored by the Community Alliance for Global Justice. In this podcast of the event, Tim explains how Bill Gates’ uses his foundation as a vehicle for unaccountable…

Wars are never necessary: Gaza is the best example

By Steve Gloyd

This short Lancet piece by Souza, Buss, and Alcazar notes that since the Gaza war began in October 2023, “nothing has been resolved and all impasses remain. The costs of lives lost and survivors’ lives destroyed forever are immense. The billions of dollars spent on killing so far could have saved lives, fed and immunised…

January 22, 2024

UN Tax Reform offers hope to Low Income Countries

In late November 2023, developing countries at the UN won a historic vote to set up a tax convention in spite of resistance from rich countries. This Guardian editorial (see below) explains how poor nations’ ability to feed, educate and provide healthcare to their people is hobbled by illicit and hidden movements of capital worth…

November 7, 2023

Vaccine Milestone: South Africa Starts Local Meningitis Production

By Fatima Alshmari

In a landmark move for public health and African pharmaceutical manufacturing, South Africa’s Biovac has entered into a strategic partnership with Korean vaccine producer, EuBiologics Co. Ltd., to commence the production of a meningitis vaccine on African soil. This collaboration represents a significant stride in the fight against meningococcal disease, an endemic threat in South…

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