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Professor Ilona Kickbusch

Empowering nurses to help deliver UHC

Professor Ilona Kickbusch, Co-Chair of UHC2030, emphasises the vital work of nurses in delivering health for all, but highlights the alarming deficiency in the number of trained nurses around the world, as well as their lack of presence at policy-making levels.

Francesca Colombo

Health worker mobility: Challenges and opportunities for the Commonwealth

Francesca Colombo, Head of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s (OECD) Health Division, reviews the latest data on the continuous international movement of health workers and explores the challenges and opportunities posed by these flows for both destination and origin countries in the Commonwealth.

Her Excellency Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf

Investing in health workers to achieve the SDGs

Her Excellency Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf is the WHO Goodwill Ambassador for Health Workforce. In this compelling piece, acknowledging the International Year of the Nurse and the Midwife in 2020, the former President of Liberia emphasises the need for Commonwealth countries to invest in the education and employment of health workers in order to deliver universal health coverage and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.

Dr Sania Nishtar

Our Commonwealth’s silent epidemic

Dr Sania Nishtar, co-Chair of the WHO High Level Commission on NCDs and Special Assistant to the Prime Minister of Pakistan, calls on Commonwealth leaders to firefight the slow-burning crisis of NCDs with the same urgency as a global pandemic.

Trevor Mundel

Harnessing innovation to fight communicable diseases

Trevor Mundel, President of Global Health at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, highlights the role of innovation in driving down the burden of communicable diseases around the world, and calls on Commonwealth governments to accelerate the next phase of progress through investment in global health research and development.

Dr Caroline Harper

Neglected tropical diseases are neglected no more

Lesser-known tropical diseases affect a fifth of people and can ravage a person’s health and wellbeing, and devastate communities. Dr Caroline Harper, CEO of Sightsavers, explains how relatively simple and inexpensive interventions can be used to eliminate these diseases when stakeholders come together to take action.

James Whiting

A defining moment in the fight against malaria

CEO of Malaria No More UK, James Whiting, reinforces the Commonwealth’s key role in efforts to eliminate malaria and firmly believes that now is the defining time to keep our promises and step up the fight against humanity’s oldest and deadliest disease.

Winnie Byanyima

Ending AIDS by 2030: A matter of social justice

Global gains against the AIDS epidemic are slowing. In order for world leaders to deliver on their commitment to ending the disease as a public health threat by 2030, Winnie Byanyima, Executive Director of UNAIDS, stresses that we need to turbocharge the AIDS response with bolder political leadership and put an end to HIV-related stigma and discrimination.

Elhadj As Sy

Pandemic preparedness must be prioritised

Elhadj As Sy, Co-chair of the Global Preparedness Monitoring Board and Former Secretary General of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, emphasises the devastating potential - and inevitability - of pandemics. He calls on international organisations and governments to engage more effectively at a local level to ensure preparedness is prioritised and communities are protected.