Global Health Lives
Global Health Lives is a new podcast exploring some of the most important issues in global health, but from the perspective of the people working in it. We discuss their lives, what influenced them and the challenges they face both professionally and personally.
Episodes are hosted and produced by Delan Devakumar with help from Priscila de Morais Sato, Paula de Sousa, Sruthi Mahadevan and Dafni Manthiou.
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Dr Renzo Guinto is medical doctor and planetary health advocate from the Philippines. In this episode Renzo talks his work in global health and the new field of planetary health, his experience in setting up two centres in Southeast Asia, and the challenges facing migrant health in the Philippines. He also discusses the issue of decolonisation, including how he is trying to address this, and the importance of being a “deep generalist.”
Mr Ananda Galappatti is a medical anthropologist and practitioner in mental health and psychosocial support in emergencies and adverse circumstances. Ananda describes his work on mental health in Sri Lanka, including during the conflict and the Indian Ocean tsunami disaster.
Dr Camilla Kingdon is a consultant paediatrician and neonatologist and the current president of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health in the UK. Camilla describes her early life growing up in South Africa when it was under Apartheid rule and then her career in paediatrics in the UK. She describes her role in supporting the paediatric workforce and the major challenges facing child health.
Dr Flavia Bustreo is Vice-Chair of Fondation Botnar, Co-Chair of The Lancet Commission on Gender-Based Violence and Maltreatment of Young People and Chair of the Governance and Ethics Committee at the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (PMNCH). Flavia describes her early clinical work and peace activism and then all her policy work on child and adolescent health as part of the World Health Organization and the World Bank.
Professor Rashida Ferrand is a Professor of International Health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, a Wellcome Trust Senior Fellow in Clinical Science and an honorary consultant physician in HIV Medicine. Rashida talks about her work in adolescent health, HIV and sexual and reproductive health, in particular in adolescent HIV in Zimbabwe. She also discusses her focus on supporting PhD students from Africa through leading the Zim-LSHTM Research Partnership. Finally, Rashida talks about her mental health and how she has coped.
Professor Nora Groce is the Leonard Cheshire Chair of Disability and Inclusive Development in UCL.
Nora is an anthropologist who works on disability and social justice. She previously ran the global health programme at Yale University before moving to UCL. She has worked on many health issues and human rights documents advocating for people with disabilities and chaired the committee to include disability in the Sustainable Development Goals.
Series 2-3 Interlude
Series 3 is out next month. Ahead of this, here is a chance to get to know some of the Global Health Lives team. What do they think about the podcast? What are they looking forward to?
Professor David Osrin is a Professor of Global Health at UCL and a Wellcome Trust Senior Research Fellow in Clinical Science. Dave worked as a clinical paediatrician before conducting large community trials on violence against women and girls, maternal and child nutrition and urban health in Nepal and India. He also talks about his love of art and creating the Dharavi Biennale to showcase the work of local artists. http://www.dharavibiennale.com/#dharavibiennale
Dr Ozge Karadag is a senior research scholar at the Center for Sustainable Development of the Earth Institute at Columbia University in New York. In this episode Ozge talks about her work on migrant health, youth health and peer education as well as the mental healthcare system in Turkey. Ozge then discusses the COVID-19 pandemic and her work as part of the Lancet COVID-19 Commission and the Global Happiness Council.
Professor Jaime Miranda is the Director of CRONICAS Centre of Excellence in Chronic Diseases, at Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia. In this episode Jaime talks about his work on non-communicable diseases, the importance of human rights, research and population health, and the recent history and the ‘multiple’ Peru’s, the different countries behind Peru’s national averages and beyond Lima, Peru’s capital. Having established his research career as an exemplar of research capacity building in the field of global health, his story navigates from professional challenges to personal failures, including the ‘amputation’ he felt given the sudden loss of his mother, and recently his father.
Dr Bhargavi Rao is the malaria infectious disease expert at Médecins Sans Frontières and an Associate Professor in the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Bhargavi describes her career as a clinician and public health doctor in infectious diseases. She talks about her work on HIV in South Africa, in malaria infectious disease modelling and debates around humanitarianism. In addition, she discusses coping with ill health and personal loss in her family.
Professor Michael Knipper is a medical doctor and anthropologist and is a Professor of Global Health, Migration and Medical Humanities at Giessen University Medical School in Germany. In this episode Michael talks about his work with Indigenous people in South America, migration and on taking a human rights approach to health.
Ms Angela Saini is an award-winning science journalist, author and broadcaster. She is famous for her two best-selling books: ‘Inferior: How Science Got Women Wrong’ and ‘Superior: the Return of Race Science’. In this podcast she discusses these books and her journalism, as well as her own experiences of racism.
Dr Arianne Shahvisi is a Senior Lecturer in ethics in Brighton and Sussex medical school. Arianne was trained in astrophysics and then philosophy, and now works on various topics in global health. In this podcast Arianne discusses racism and xenophobia, the Global Gag rule and neglected tropical diseases.
Dr Nick Watts is a public health doctor and Chief Sustainability Officer in the NHS. In this podcast he talks about how he discovered public health, his work on climate change, including Lancet Countdown, and his plans for the NHS. He discusses how to have conversations on climate change and how to engage people on some of the most important topics of our time.
Dr Rageshri Dhairyawan is a consultant in sexual health and HIV medicine in Barts Health NHS Trust and honorary senior lecturer in Queen Mary University of London. She is a clinical doctor, researcher and advocate for sexual health and reproductive rights. In this podcast Rageshri discusses violence against women, racism and sexism in HIV care, and her own experiences of being a patient in the NHS.
Mr Dinesh Deokota is a Nepali film maker and founder of the non-governmental organisation Media for Development. In this podcast, he how he started making films and his engagement work on bonded labour, migration and child marriage.
Professor Joy Lawn is director of the MARCH centre in the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, a paediatrician and leading expert for newborn health worldwide. In this podcast, she discusses her journey developing epidemiological measurement for global newborn deaths and stillbirths, new shifts in large scale implementation and intentionally changing narratives for women in science and leadership, particularly from the global South. Joy also shares her personal journey, growing up in Uganda, working in Ghana, South Africa, in multiple African countries, the US and UK, and the recent death of her husband from a brain tumour.
Dr Sunil Bhopal is a UK-based academic paediatrician. Prior to re-joining Newcastle University in 2020, he was Wellcome Trust Research Training Fellow at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. In this podcast he discusses his work in early childhood development and promoting the best start in life, the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on children, and global health more broadly.