Flesh and Blood – With Mukesh Kapila

Flesh and Blood explores the senseless acts of kindness and cruelty all around us. How are the life chances, life choices, and life styles of ordinary people shaped by geopolitics and the secular trends of globalisation? What shapes our personal destiny and can we wrest back our own control of it? The blog features a roster of contributors, and is curated by Mukesh Kapila – Professor of Global Health and Humanitarian Affairs at the University of Manchester and former Special Adviser to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.

Making Science and Technology Work for All

Making Science and Technology Work for All

If we are unable to spread the benefits of technology-driven growth among people and empower them in the development process, there will be growth without development.

If We Fail in Health We Fail Overall

If We Fail in Health We Fail Overall

The World Humanitarian Summit recognised the special role of emergency health work: if we fail in health, we fail in the overall humanitarian endeavor.

Back to Basics: Humanitarian Action and Accountability to Affected Populations

Back to Basics: Humanitarian Action and Accountability to Affected Populations

Getting to know the crisis-affected communities better may help to remember that they are the very raison d’être for the humanitarian action.

Cholera: Why Is an Ancient Scourge Still with Us?

Cholera: Why Is an Ancient Scourge Still with Us?

It was devastating and catastrophic. More than 30,000 Rwandan refugees died in less than a month in camps in Zaire (now Democratic Republic of Congo), after they fled from genocide in their own country. “There were piles of bodies alongside the road in Goma. People suddenly collapsed in front of […]

Follow the People to Go beyond What We Have Already Done

Follow the People to Go beyond What We Have Already Done

The fight against HIV, malaria and tuberculosis is more important than ever in a world increasingly affected by natural disasters, conflicts and economic crises.

A Matter of the Heart: The Silent Killer of the Most Vulnerable People

A Matter of the Heart: The Silent Killer of the Most Vulnerable People

The increase in cardiovascular diseases represents an imminent threat to the most vulnerable populations, particularly women, children, displaced people and migrants.

“I Am African, I Am Not a Virus”

“I Am African, I Am Not a Virus”

It’s time to dignify and put into action the words “there is no health without mental health” as a humanitarian imperative.

Overlooked and Misunderstood: The Neglected Victims of Humanitarian Crises

Overlooked and Misunderstood: The Neglected Victims of Humanitarian Crises

Older women and men’s health issues are rendered invisible by a humanitarian system that relegates them to the back of the queue.

When Partnership Creates the Magic to save Lives

When Partnership Creates the Magic to save Lives

Many of the health challenges that confront humanity transcend national borders, and require all countries to work together for the global public good.

Maternity Ward.  A nurse from the Spanish Aecid team attends to a patien at the Eastern Visayas Hospital. Tacloban, Philippines.  11/20/13.

Global Health: Our Moral Compass in a World of Crisis

Ebola and Zika show that global health risks are at an all-time high. Lurking behind them are other disease threats that will not respect national boundaries.

Sudan’s President Bashir Was Almost Arrested and We Thought of You

Sudan’s President Bashir Was Almost Arrested and We Thought of You

If we are ever going to actually end genocide, we need to intervene while it’s happening, not apologize or regret our lack of action years later, after it ends.

Remembering Darfur: The World’s Longest Running Genocide

Remembering Darfur: The World’s Longest Running Genocide

Lack of personal responsibility is why we failed on Darfur, and the continuing lack of accountability is why we are likely to fail again elsewhere

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