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This is the first newsletter of 2018 for the Global Health Governance Programme. Our Programme researches how global institutions, finance and rules can better serve the needs of people across the world. We are based in the Centre for Global Health Research within the Usher Institute in the University of Edinburgh Medical School.

Please check out our latest blogs and updates below:-
New Vacancy

Global Respiratory Health Partnerships Manager

Vacancy Ref: :    042754  Closing Date :     09-Mar-2018
Global Respiratory Health Partnerships Manager
UE08 £39,992 - £47,722 PRO RATA

We are seeking an enthusiastic and experienced Global Respiratory Health Partnerships Manager for this exciting and varied post based within the Usher Institute at the University of Edinburgh. The post holder will be responsible for the development and management of the ‘Governance and Stakeholder Engagement’ platform for the NIHR Global Health Research Unit on Respiratory Health (RESPIRE). Building effective working relationships and networks with multiple stakeholders and colleagues in partner countries (Bangladesh, India, Malaysia and Pakistan) will be key to the success of this post. The post-holder will be expected to operate at a senior level, in collaboration with the Platform Leads (Prof Devi Sridhar and Siân Williams) and with colleagues in partner countries to plan, develop and implement the governance and stakeholder engagement activities. They will also join in the broader activities of the Centre for Global Health Research and the Global Health Governance Programme in the Usher Institute.
New blog post By Dr Marlee Tichenor
"This past October, I had the pleasure of attending the Senegalese National Coalition for Health and Social Action’s (COSAS) panel on Impact Evaluation in the Health System at the West African Research Center in Dakar, Senegal. Created in early 2017, COSAS is a network of public and private health workers, epidemiologists, policy makers, social scientists, and advocates working toward health equity in Senegal. COSAS aims to contribute to the development and evaluation of health policies, promote health equity and a holistic vision of health, play a role in health surveillance, and promote the discussion of and produce studies on these issues for a larger audience..."
What has Felix been up to?

Check out newly launched The Cambridge Encyclopedia of Anthropology. Founded by our own Dr Felix Stein

His latest book has received a fantastic review in the Times Literary Supplement. You can find details & the full review here:

Felix has also published a new article and is working hard completing valuable research for us on fieldwork in Haiti.

Update from fieldwork in India

Genevie Fernandes has been in India since January 2018, conducting interviews with current and former staff from the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and World Bank, and with academics and representative from relevant non-governmental organizations in the country. She is collecting qualitative data from multiple stakeholders on the World Bank’s role and involvement in maternal and child health in India, via the flagship Reproductive and Child Health Project. Genevie will also visit the states of Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh, to study MCH service implementation at the state and district level.

Update from the USA

Janelle Winters spent December and January at the World Bank archives in Washington DC, collecting resources on the Bank's role in the Onchocerciasis Control Programme. She is currently a residential fellow at the Brocher Foundation in Hermance, Switzerland, where she is finishing her archival research at the WHO and beginning to write-up her dissertation. In May, she will be traveling to Los Angeles to present on 'Onchocercaisis and the World Bank's Investing in Health Business Model' at the American Association for the History of Medicine's annual conference (for more details, see She has also been collaborating with Genevie Fernandes and the Global Health Governance Group team on a project on the World Bank, global health, and gender. Keep a look-out for this paper in Wellcome Open Research this spring.

Who has joined our team?
Amy Kristensen is a second year medical student at the University of Arizona College of Medicine- Phoenix. Her research examines the inclusion of human rights ideology and practices at the World Bank. She previously completed her MSc in Global Health and Public Policy at the University of Edinburgh with a specific interest in sustainable and integrated strategies for economic betterment and health improvement for underserved populations

Evgeniya Plotnikova’s research interests lie in the areas of health workforce policy, global health governance and public policy tools. She obtained her doctorate in Social Policy from the University of Edinburgh. Her PhD focused on the international recruitment of nurses in the UK in the early 2000s. She explored the role of government-to-government agreements on the cross-border movement of health workers, negotiated between the UK and a number of source countries within and beyond Europe. Since completing her doctoral studies, she has worked as a research fellow in the Global Public Health Unit (GPHU) at the University of Edinburgh.

Evgeniya is currently working on the project examining the role of international institutions (including the WHO and the World Bank) in shaping policies around migration of health professionals.

Upcoming Events!
We are hosting a public lecture in May with guest speaker Emily Mendenhall entitled
Syndemic Diabetes: Entanglements of Poverty, Trauma, and AIDS"
Inaugural Lecture by Professor Devi Sridhar

We are delighted to announce that Professor Devi Sridhar will be giving her Inaugural lecture on the 28th May 2018. See link for details:-

Our Director also won a prestigious Chancellors Award at the end of last year

and picked up the The Virginia Hodgkinson Research Book Prize 2017 for her book with Chelsea Clinton


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