Category Archives: The blog

Contributor Bio: Stephanie Gatto

Stephanie is an access to medicines junkie armed with research tools and a penchant for social justice. She has a background in global public health and is a researcher in Vancouver BC.

Back to the grind. Now… where were we? Ah right, we want to host a carnival!

O.K. O.K. We’ve been a little neglectful of this blog. The Canadian election sort of sucked the wind from us, but here we are, back again with renewed vigor.

First order of business – let’s ramp up the Global Health carnival. We had a few submissions, but we also really want to make the first one EPIC! In light of that desire, we’re going to push the dates forward a bit – let’s move the deadline to May 31st, so that we have a proper chance to showcase some great work around the internets.

Also:

For those of you unfamiliar with the “carnival” vernacular, this is where we seek out submissions whereby writers highlight their kick ass blog posts which tackle the many and various themes surrounding global health. Then, we concoct a one stop blog post to highlight all of this fine writing.

Possible topics can be humanities driven: i.e. access to medicines, big pharma corporations, development issues, politics and health, etc. Or, they can be science driven: i.e. new data or research on this or that disease, new therapeutics that are cool or working well (preferably both), general science geekery. Submissions can even be creative or a little goofy in nature. It’s all good.

Plus, as mentioned before, we get in a habit of making a lovely to look at pdf file amenable for downloading and reading on what e-book/tablet device you may have.

Anyway, leave a link to your remarkable piece of writing in the comments, or point us in the right direction using a tweet via @myrightsvsyours

Game on!

Announcing the Global Health Carnival! Submit submit submit!

(Friday Night Lights from edvard brun on Vimeo)

Actually, we’ll think of a better sounding title in the coming days, but now seems as good a time as any to announce that this blog is going to restart the (DUM DUM DUM) Global Health Carnival.

For those of you unfamiliar with the “carnival” vernacular, this is where we seek out submissions whereby writers highlight their kick ass blog posts which tackle the many and various themes surrounding global health. Then, we concoct a one stop blog post to highlight all of this fine writing.

This could be pieces on relevant new science combatting diseases like HIV/AIDS or a neglected disease like malaria; it could be pieces that address the busy world of health policy; it could be pieces that provide a take from folks within the pharmaceutical industry; it could be opinion pieces on the megafacepalm-ness of governments who essentially make things difficult for all. It all works! And, to provide some further bait, we’ll also go to the effort of producing a snazzy pdf for the carnival – suitable for easy reader on your e-reader, or iPad.

Since it was via discussions on twitter that led to this carnival’s resurrection (Thanks @cgorman and @marynmck), let’s also use both Twitter and email to submit. You can send you links to @myrightsvsyours or by sending me an email at db@interchange.ubc.ca. We’ll also try to do this monthly, which makes sense to make our first official deadline on May 1st (with the intention of putting up the carnival post a few days after that). I know that’s not a lot of time for this first one, but let’s see what we can get this first time around.

Game on!

“My Rights Versus Yours”: What do you think of the blog name?

O.K. we’re still filling the gaps, gluing the final pieces in, and we’ve more or less settled on the paint colours. In fact, we’ve even brought along some of the furniture (i.e. content). Basically, this blog about Access to Medicines is more or less ready to roll.

However, I’ll be the first to admit that it’s been hastily put together, with only a minor inkling of thought devoted to what is arguably one of its most important features: that is, its name.

Just for some background, the name is actually from a New Pornographer’s song (and an excellent one at that), which you can see below. Go on: play it. I’m pretty sure you’ll enjoy it (nevermind that the New Pornographers are Canadian and also have some serious street cred in the music scene).

Anyway, it’s a song that Mike Gretes and Andrew Gray (from UBC’s Universities Allied For Essential Medicines) came to see as an unofficial anthem of sorts for their work. You know – big pharma “rights”, versus the “rights” of those who need access to medicines.

Still, I’m curious as to what you think of the blog name. It would be handy to know if we’ve chosen a name that doesn’t really fit, or is inadvertently link to something unscrupulous. Maybe, you’ve got a better one? Plus, we need some comment action – makes us feel special when folks talk back, and we like feeling special.

Another contributor bio: Kevin Charles (@kayecharles)

Kevin Charles is a Vancouver based artist, and pre-medical student at the University of British Columbia. As a former political scientist and member of Universities Allied for Medicines and Médecins Sans Frontières, he has worked fervently on delivering humanitarian aid to communities and patients in need.

Obligatory blog contributor bio: David Ng (@dnghub)

David Ng is a science literacy academic and faculty based at the Michael Smith Laboratories at the University of British Columbia. During one of his writing stints for Boingboing.net, he became engrossed in the narrative behind Bill C-393, as well as subsequently appalled by the politicking that killed it. He plans to use this blog to keep up with the field, as well as provide the odd link to things he finds interesting.