Thursday, 26 September 2013

Our Man in New York - tweets from Richard Horton

I thought these tweets from Richard Horton, Editor of the Lancet were so fantastic that I am collecting them and putting them here. If you do not know, this week is UN week in New York City where the General Assembly, Social Good Summit, and Clinton Global Initiative among other meetings are all happening. It is where the powerful, wealth, and famous are all converging to talk about how to improve global health. Richard has an insider view.


10 lessons from the UNGA. 1. The voice of civil society is shut out of serious discussion, and when present is only lip gloss. 2. Nobody here takes equity seriously. 3. The scientific community has made a massive, and largely unrecognised, contribution to global health policymaking. 4. Innovation, innovation, innovation, innovation, innovation...the most meaningless word in the lexicon of global health. 5. Nobody wants to talk about the 22 million women who have to endure an unsafe abortion every year. 6. Too many people on panels want to flirt with fame or superficially amuse rather than offer serious proposals for advancing health. 7. When people talk about greater private sector engagement they are warmly applauded, but nobody really knows what they mean. 8. You will never hear these two words: sexual rights. 9. Everybody wants "quick wins" and "low-hanging fruit": which shows how short-term thinking will never solve the deep inequities that kill. 10. Global health is paralysed by its silos: NCDs, RMNCH, HIV, NTDs, TB, malaria—they live in serene and deliberate ignorance of one another Two favourite UNGA quotes. 1. Joy Phumaphi: "The biggest gaps in global health are those between intent and action, and action and results." 2. Michel SidibĂ©: "The global health architecture is obsolete."

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