Imagine a whisper, a raised brow, an inconspicuous cough and then a murmured admission as someone reveals, ‘it’s that time of the month’. Perhaps replace that with ‘shark week’, ‘Aunt Flo’, ‘Having the painters in’ or ‘the Crimson Tide’ to discover that we have developed more than one way to creatively beat around the bush when it comes to talking about menstruation or periods. Euphemisms like these create a vivid image of avoidance and have become place holders for menstruation, a naturally occurring biological process which globally, on any given day, more than 300 million people are experiencing.
By Anna Thabuis This 7th April, we are celebrating World Health Day and the World…
How are we responsible for the field of Global Health as individuals? Performance artist Precy Numbi blurs the boundaries between reality and imagination, prompting a dialogue on collective responsibility, vulnerability and protection. This article reflects on what his work can mean for all of us passionate about Global Health
COVID-19 has made clear that high income countries might not be the best equipped to face epidemics. Countries like Rwanda have shown how early action and comprehensive prevention strategies are key in minimising the number of deaths from COVID-19.
Ensuring the right to health and dignity to all during COVID-19? A focus on asylum seekers in Moria, Greece
“Stay home, wash your hands, social distance” are the guidelines worldwide to prevent spreading of COVID-19. But how do these apply to asylum seekers living in overcrowded camps with scarce WASH facilities in Greece?
We failed to predict the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Now, the virus threatens to have unprecedented consequences on our lives and societies. If we listen carefully though, maybe we can learn a few lessons from these our broken economic system?
Translating Theory Into Action: Are we lacking competencies, or just failing to recognise systemic power structures?
On the 8th and 9th of November 2019, the Swedish Network for International Health (SNIH) hosted a 2-day conference at Lund University, Sweden. As participants, we have come to recognize the post-colonial traits ever present in how we study and practice global health.
As civil society, our power lies in holding governments accountable in the health and climate emergency. This is a call to action: join a movement, protest expansion of fossil fuel industries, ask your professors to include climate change in their teaching. Let’s come together to demand real change in 2020, knowing that the benefits of action far outweigh the costs of our leaders’ failure to unite.