SDGH is pleased to present Global Health Voices, a podcast that features a collection of untold stories in global health from leaders, experts and trailblazers making an impact around the world. Learn from guests from a variety of disciplines and industries in global health as they share pivotal moments and insights from their personal experiences, and delve into key issues of our time. The podcast is hosted by Ms Amina Mahmood Islam, SDGHI's Deputy Director of Programme Development and Business Administration.
Tune in every alternate week to catch a new voice with new stories. Follow our channel here, or sign up here to receive email notifications whenever a new episode is released.
Episode 5: Pandemic learnings from the 'Batman'
Guest: Professor Linfa Wang
Programme in Emerging Infectious Diseases, Duke-NUS Medical School
Drawing from his many years of experience tracking down bat viruses, Prof Wang identifies some of the factors that led to the current global pandemic. He stresses that the exit strategy should be science based, while acknowledging political considerations must be taken into account. He cautions that no exit strategy can be risk free and we must learn to adjust and adapt. Finally, he emphasises the importance of using a One Health approach to better recognise and prevent the next pandemic.
Episode 4: A remarkable partnership
Guests: Dr Sabina Faiz Rashid
Dean of Brac James P Grant School of Public Health
Dr Malabika Sarker
Associate Dean and Director of Research at Brac James P Grant School of Public Health
Dr Malabika Sarker and Dr Sabina Faiz Rashid trace the evolution of their public health careers to their current leadership positions with the BRAC James P Grant School of Public Health. They engage in a lively discussion about the need to have local, practical solutions developed in partnership with communities – who are not the recipients of global health interventions but really are the leaders of global health change.
Guest: Dr Najla Al-Sonboli
Head of the Paediatric Department of the Al-Sabeen Maternity and Child Hospital in Yemen, and Associate Professor in Paediatrics in the Paediatric Department at the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Sana'a University
Dr Najla brings to light the harsh realities of working in one of the toughest settings – in the midst of the humanitarian crisis in Yemen. The questions and concerns she raises highlights the importance of global health and the compelling need for global solidarity. She paints a bleak picture of the dire state of children's health in Yemen, with unacceptably high malnutrition rates and death from common treatable diseases like diarrhoea and measles, yet she embodies the tenacity and strength of the human spirit to withstand the most difficult conditions.
Guest: Dr Joanne Liu
Paediatric Emergency physician, Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Montreal, Professor of Clinical Medicine at McGill University, former International President of Médicins Sans Frontières (MSF)
In this episode, Dr Joanne Liu shares her thoughts about the centrality of each person contributing to tackling global health issues from their own perspective and grounding. She points to how crises generate a continuum of difficult choices – and how lucid leadership means picking imperfect solutions, while not losing the imperative to continuously strive for improvement.
Episode 1: Lessons from the past
Guest: Professor Michael Merson
Wolfgang Joklik Professor of Global Health, Duke University, and founding director of SingHealth Duke-NUS Global Health Institute (SDGHI)
Prof Merson reflects on his years with the World Health Organization's Global Program on AIDS—he draws lessons that are still pertinent today, in particular the need for political leadership, global solidarity and community mobilisation.
The views expressed by guests on the show are their own and do not necessarily reflect the views of SDGHI.