Interview with Tamar Ghosh, RSTMH CEO, "Access to health: global challenges"

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Monday, 21 January 2019

The first global monitoring report “Tracking Universal Health Coverage” from WHO and the World Bank in 2015, revealed that 400 million people do not have access to essential health services, including family planning, antenatal care, skilled birth attendance, child immunisation, antiretroviral therapy, tuberculosis treatment, access to clean water and sanitation.

Barriers to access

Although more people have access to essential health services today that at any time in history, there are still many barriers to people accessing health including a lack of affordable, quality health services, of physical infrastrucure, of education and of services that suit cultural circumstances. Other factors such as climate change, conflict, population changes and political settings also impact on the ability to access health when and where it is most needed. 

News programme on global health 

With ITN Productions, we're creating “Access to health: global challenges”, a flagship news-style programme exploring the progress made and challenges remaining in the world of tropical medicine and global health.

Presented by UK newsreader Natasha Kaplinsky, the programme will highlight the key issues surrounding tropical medicine and global health.

Below you can watch a trailer interview with our CEO, Tamar Ghosh, which introduces the themes of the programme, including access to health. 

“Access to health: global challenges” will premiere at the European Congress on Tropical Medicine and International Health 2019 (ECTMIH 2019) in Liverpool in September.

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ECTMIH 2019 is a great opportunity to reflect on how much progress has been made in the last quarter of a century in terms of investigation, innovation and implementation, and is a chance to consider what we can expect from the next 25 years for tropical medicine and global health.

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