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Economic warfare is fuelling a pandemic: US Sanctions to Iran during COVID-19 are a threat to global health

This blog is guest authored by Inès Hassan and Mariana Soto Pacheco. Inès and Mariana are postgraduate students in the Global Health Policy Unit, University of Edinburgh. This blog previously appeared on BMJ Global Health. In March 2020, to the dismay of the public health community, the US government imposed a series of fresh economic […]

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Covid-19 and the collapse of the private health sector: a threat to countries’ response efforts and the future of health systems strengthening?

As COVID-19 leads to a “cash crunch” for the private health sector in developing countries, Mark Hellowell (University of Edinburgh), Andrew Myburgh, Mirja Sjoblom and Srinivas Gurazada (World Bank Group) and Dave Clarke (World Health Organization), consider the opportunities and risks of providing state support to health care businesses. The World Health Organization is calling […]

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COVID-19 and the social determinants of health: all in it together?

Sarah Hill, Senior Lecturer;1,2 Sharon Friel, Professor of Health Equity / Director;2,3 Jeff Collin, Professor of Global Health Policy1,2 Global Health Policy Unit, School of Social & Political Science, University of Edinburgh SPECTRUM Consortium (Shaping Public Health Policies to Reduce Inequalities and Harm), UK Menzies Centre for Health Governance, School of Regulation and Global Governance […]


All hands on deck: mobilising the private sector for the COVID-19 response

David Clarke, WHO HQ, Dr. Mark Hellowell, Director, Global Health Policy Unit University of Edinburgh, Barbara O’Hanlon, member of the WHO Expert Advisory Group on the Governance of the Private Sector, and Cynthia Eldrige, Impact for Health. Originally posted 6 April 2020. The COVID-19 pandemic has triggered a global surge in demand for health services. […]

The new European Commission, led by President Ursula von der Leyen, started its term on 1 December 2019.

A new European Commission for health?

On 1 December the new President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, and her team of 26 Commissioners, began their term in office. The approval process was lengthy, with three proposed Commissioners rejected by the European Parliament and the United Kingdom refusing to nominate a candidate, but the 2019-2024 leadership of the European […]

International Monetary Fund Managing Director Christine Lagarde (L) speaks with Secretary-General of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon (R) at the High Level Meeting of the Ebola Recovery April 17, 2015 during the 2015 IMF/World Bank Spring Meetings at World Bank Headquarters in Washington, DC

Bringing the IMF in from the cold

For many of the world’s poorest countries, achieving universal health coverage – and the other health-related Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) – will require a big expansion of government health expenditure. There are a number of global actors that can help enable that expansion – or get in the way.