Monthly Archives: November 2011

Aiding and abetting

I’m covering the aid effectiveness forum in Busan, South Korea from the comfort of my home in the leafy London suburbs. It’s really difficult to get an idea of what’s going on when you’re thousands of miles and a 10-hour time difference away. Plus I’ve got two children at home who – from the strange sounds coming from the sitting room – sound like they’re wrecking the joint.
A very helpful man at Save the Children, Ben Phillips, has been keeping me abreast of events but it’s hard to know what’s going on.
These massive multilateral shindigs are bonkers – there’s another one going on at the moment in Durban on climate change – and I find it hard to understand how any real decisions can be made when you have so many different people round the table.
Ensuring that aid is delivered effectively is a massively important issue so let’s hope that governments remember that and don’t get sidelined by having oblique pops at each other (although of course as a journalist that’s mother’s milk to me…).

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Posted by on November 30, 2011 in International health, Journalism


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Frontline medicine

Far be it from me to big myself up (oh go on then…) but I was settling down to watch Michael Mosley’s programme Frontline Medicine on BBC2 the other night and I suddenly thought: “Hold on! Didn’t I write a very similar feature for the British Medical Journal back in 2008?” Here it is (click on the red ‘H’).

I thought it was a fascinating programme. So did my seven-year-old who wandered in on a lingering shot of a bullet wound in someone’s chest. (It was 9.45 in the evening and he should have been in bed).

Dr Mosley made some very salient points about what the NHS can (and do) learn from the army. I’ve always been so impressed with army medics, ever since a trip I did to Bosnia with Nursing Times in 1997. So well done Dr Mosley for bringing greater attention to their work than I ever could.

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Posted by on November 24, 2011 in Random