Global Health Justice

Medical Apartheid

February 6, 2024

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

By Patience Komba, GHJ Team
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…

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…

October 20, 2023

Israel weaponizes healthcare in Gaza

By GHJ Team

Israel crushed Gaza’s medical system and prevents thousands of Palestinians from leaving for treatment. The Fourth Geneva Convention holds that an occupying power must ensure the food and medical supplies of the population and must allow medical workers to carry out their duties (Articles 55 and 56). But “Israel’s closure and blockade have turned the…

October 13, 2023

[BOOKS] on Medical Appartheid

By Fatima Al-Shimari

Medical apartheid refers to the systemic discrimination, segregation, and unequal treatment of individuals or groups based on their race or ethnicity within the healthcare system, leading to disparities in access, quality of care, and health outcomes. Book recommendations on medical appartheid:   “Medical Apartheid: The Dark History of Medical Experimentation on Black Americans from Colonial…

October 6, 2023

Could you patent the sun? How vaccine patent waivers would save lives

By Ambar Ahmed

The world had the chance to truly treat COVID-19 as a common problem and respond to it in an equitable and just manner. At the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, politicians, mainstream media and celebrities in the West declaring the disease the “great equalizer” – implying that this novel virus would affect everyone regardless of their position, wealth,…

September 13, 2023

Substandard medicines blamed for 285,000 childhood malaria, pneumonia deaths

By GHJ Team

VIdya Krishnan, an Indian Journalist writes about a “dirty secret in global health:” that rich countries get quality medicines and that the poor countries often get poison. Her op-ed in the Sept 11 New York Times describes the regulatory inequities between rich and poor nations. and how these inequities fail to prevent manufacture and export…

September 8, 2023

Global North’s Pandemic Selfishness: Seeds of the Global South’s Burning Resentment

By GHJ Team

Mark Suzman, CEO of Gates Foundation, admits that the distrust in the Global South has been brought about by Vaccine policies of the Global North (see article). In June, at the Summit for a New Global Financing Pact in Paris, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa highlighted the deep resentment felt by many in the Global…

July 16, 2023

DEI plays a critical role in addressing health disparities, despite political controversy surrounding it.

By Assem Suleimenova, GHJ Team

The diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) movement is under organized and escalating attack. The critics argue that “DEI Inc.” has gone too far-and should be rolled back or defunded because of clunky and controversial administrative moves.” It was recently reported by the National Bureau of Economic Research that even the wealthiest Black patients suffer worse…

May 17, 2023

Medical Apartheid and Structural Racism in Global Health [WEBINAR]

By GHJ Team

Patent protections and global debt are deepening inequalities in access to basic health and social services around the world. Their existence threatens progress toward Universal Health Coverage (UHC), and impacts nearly all the work the DGH conducts around the world. The UNAIDS 2022 Annual Report cites debt and austerity as key threats to progress against HIV/AIDS….

March 9, 2023

Anti-racism: Commitments, actions, and accountability don’t align with pronouncements

By Afifah Rahman-Shepherd et. al in BMJ Global Health

The authors place leading Public Health organizations under the scanner for their anti-racism commitments and accountability. They found that the majority of organizations (26/45) have not made any public statements in response to calls for antiracism actions, and that decision-making bodies are still lacking diversity and representation from the majority of the world’s population. Also,…

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