A month ago I was in South Africa, now I am sitting in a hotel lobby in Philadelphia, shortly after spending a week in Baltimore and shortly before staying weeks in Boston and New York respectively. All of this is to say I am strapped for time, and will be through the near future. This roundup is an attempt to clear the clutter off my virtual desk. Happy holidays all.
The research project will analyse and document how foreign political priorities affect health, and how states’ global health efforts influence foreign policy. The project is linked to the Foreign Policy and Global Health Initiative , in which Brazil, South Africa, Indonesia, France, Thailand, Senegal and Norway participate with a view to putting the health-foreign policy nexus on the international agenda.
When we discuss health issues in African countries the usual conversation revolves around HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, Malaria, and the issues around treatment and cure. Rarely do we discuss the repercussions of war and political unrest on African health issues. However, recent political developments in the Ivory Coast illustrate the deadly intersection of political unrest and access to health care.
At 4am, Abdul Malek and his pregnant wife were in a rented car heading to Boost Hospital in Lashkargah, capital of southern Helmand Province.
The couple decided to leave their home in the Sangeen District as early as possible to avoid roadblocks by pro-government forces or being seen by anti-government forces.
Mirwais Hospital in Kandahar is a government-run 350-bed medical facility with over 500 staff. Christian Shuh, a paediatric nurse, is one of 21 ICRC medical specialists – nurses, surgeons, gynaecologists, nutritionists and doctors – who provide extensive support to this war zone hospital.
Christopher R. Albon is a political science Ph.D. specializing in armed conflict, public health, human security, and health diplomacy.