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October 4, 2018

Damaged either deliberately or as collateral (or through structural violence, negligence on the part of their nation or the international community), health systems face an onslaught of violence.

Bombings, looting, forced closure of facilities, chemical attacks, shootin...

Disasters affecting cities and towns are not a new phenomena. Epidemics, eruptions, floods, and conflict have afflicted numerous settlements throughout history. From the mid-2000s, more than half of the world’s population live in urban compared to rural areas. This urb...

October 5, 2016

Full disclaimer, I am not Colombian, but I have spend time there this year working on the peace process. 

On Sunday 2nd October 2016, Colombians took to the polls to ratify a peace deal with the FARC. 50.2% of people voted against it. But in order to understand this ful...

April 21, 2016

Armed conflict, particularly the intra-state kind, is often characterised by the lack of a functioning state, and at times by a state that is actively targeting its citizens. In these settings, the provision of humanitarian aid, including health care, is a practical de...

December 8, 2015

I am writing this sat in front of a roaring fire, in a cosy room in Abisko, Lapland. The purpose of heading to the Arctic was to catch a glimpse of the Aurora, play with huskies, and find a legitimate way of getting more use out of my impulse purchase Antarctic down ja...

December 3, 2015

The science of decision making has long been around, in various guises from psychology to game theory, but since the publication of Nudge in 2008, ‘nudging’ and the wider field of Behavioural Economics have been the in-vogue terms. Briefly summarised, it is how you can...

October 26, 2015

Our bodies are complex machines, carefully regulated by hormones. Oestrogen, insulin, testosterone, thyroxin, key hormones amongst many others, allow our cells to communicate with each other. In almost all animals, hormones play a vital signaling role. They help us gro...

October 14, 2015

When I worked as a Junior Doctor in an East-End hospital, the Mess had a make-shift roof-top garden. It was grim. A grey 5 x 5m space where air vents would spill out amongst the pebbles, and smoke would blend in with the London sky. Conveniently this mostly served as a...

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