Author profile: Mukesh Kapila

Mukesh Kapila CBE is Professor Emeritus of Global Health and Humanitarian Affairs at the University of Manchester. He is a former Director at the World Health Organization and the United Nations.

Opinion – What Climate ‘Code Red’ Means for Africa

Mukesh Kapila • Sep 28 2021 • Articles

The relentless progression of climate change poses an existentialist threat to African peoples. It needs a Pan-African effort for which the African Union is the logical body.

If We Fail in Health We Fail Overall

Mukesh Kapila • Aug 9 2016 • Articles

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

Remembering Darfur: The World’s Longest Running Genocide

Mukesh Kapila • Jan 27 2016 • Articles

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

Remembering through Your Gut

Mukesh Kapila • Feb 2 2015 • Articles

This year Holocaust commemoration also marks the 70th anniversary of Auschwitz liberation. The focus is on the suffering of the victims and the courage of the survivors.

Love in the Time of Ebola

Mukesh Kapila • Jan 18 2015 • Articles

A positive spirit is vital for Ebola recovery as the socio-economic consequences are immense. A commonly used word is “boredom” with schools shut and trade disrupted.

Where Chlorine Is Your Best Friend

Mukesh Kapila • Jan 8 2015 • Articles

Ebola vaccine trials are expected to start in Guinea shortly. But there are other signs of hope: the many improvised disinfectant dispensers sprouting around homesteads.

Shall Not Perish: Remembering the Indian Ocean Tsunami

Mukesh Kapila • Dec 26 2014 • Articles

Ten years ago, the Indian Ocean Tsunami was triggered by one of the largest-ever earthquakes. But it was not just nature that broke records. So did the disaster response.

How Mary Saves the World – One Life at a Time

Mukesh Kapila • Dec 23 2014 • Articles

Zambia is overcoming the burden of HIV thanks to dedicated volunteers. In a very real sense, they are also saving their country and the world, one life at a time.

Generous Hearts and Stubborn Minds

Mukesh Kapila • Nov 10 2014 • Articles

The military might of Sudan regime would not prevail as long as the women of Nuba have the generosity to share their last gourd of beer with a stranger in distress.

In Celebration of Senseless Acts of Kindness

Mukesh Kapila • Oct 26 2014 • Articles

There are many blogs on humanitarianism & development. They tend to be overly-technical, narrowly prescriptive, and circulate within the international aid industry. The Flesh and Blood blog will offer something different.

South Sudan: Struggling to Stay Alive

Mukesh Kapila • May 24 2014 • Articles

The Republic of South Sudan is fighting to survive. The crisis in the world’s newest nation is essentially a problem of governance, not a natural disaster.

Lessons from a Personal Journey through the Genocide in Rwanda

Mukesh Kapila • May 15 2014 • Articles

The best way to honour those whom the international community failed in Rwanda twenty years ago is to learn the right lessons and apply them today with greater resolve.

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