During the first term of the 2020/2021 academic year, the Global Health Policy Centre will be focusing on Covid-19. This virus, which has spread across the globe to reach pandemic status has had an unprecedented effect on the lives of almost every single human being. As of September 13th, 2020, there have been 28,637,952 cases and 917,417 deaths worldwide according to the World Health Organisation. We wish to focus our attention on the efficacy of global health policy in dealing with this new challenge, as well as considering the vital lessons that can be learned from this global health emergency. We believe that Covid-19 is the single biggest challenge affecting our world today, and feel that it’s implications will shape human behaviour and global policy for generations to come.
Our second theme for this year will focus on disparities in health provision and outcomes for BAME communities. Reports show that the provision of health care varies widely among ethnic minority groups. Black individuals have experienced lower quality pain management, emergency care and disparities in accessing cardiac care compared to white populations. This inequality also extends to life-saving organ transplantation. These facts are shocking and cast a dark shadow on the path to equitable healthcare across the globe. Furthermore, when examined in the context of recent movements that highlight racial disparities and injustice, such as the Black Lives Matter protests, these statistics take on greater significance. We believe that exploring this theme and addressing inequalities in healthcare provision and outcomes for BAME communities will contribute to a much needed discussion and add value to the current dialogue on global health policy.
At the Global Health Policy Centre we welcome any ideas or contributions you may have and would like to encourage you to join the debate on these topics. If you are interested in participating in our work, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Director, Global Health Policy Centre
Our Policy Centre:
I am a third-year International Development student and hold a BA in Sociology and Women’s Studies. I was previously the editor for the Global Health Policy Center where we collaborated with FutureHealth on various Covid-19-related topics, including mental health. I am particularly interested in the provision of health care globally, including the sociological factors involved in the ease of access to services.
I am a third-year Biomedical Sciences student, with a special focus on Immunology and Infectious Diseases. My interests relating to Global Health are how socioeconomic factors contribute towards health inequity, and the existing policies that attempt to minimise this effect.
Phu Pwint Thin Hlaing
I am a second year BSc in Biomedical Science and have chosen ‘Neuropharmacology’ as my theme of study. I am particularly interested in advocating for mental health awareness and healthcare inequity.
Our Working Group:
Anu Rachel Joseph
I am a third year Biochemistry student. I am very interested in identifying policy changes that will make healthcare more equitable and accessible for everyone, especially the most vulnerable and marginalised communities.
I am a final year International Development student from Bangladesh. My main interest lies in the political economy of public health – the intersection of social policy, global governance, politics, and public health outcomes. I am also looking forward to researching the health system and rights among vulnerable communities, particularly in developing countries and refugee populations.