Top 5 Essential Global Health Reads

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Lonnie Embleton and Stephanie Lu

We’ve compiled a list of the top 5 essential global health reads for CCGHR Students and Young Professionals. These global health articles and reports are indispensable, whether you’re just starting out in the field or are a seasoned young professional with global health research experience under your belt. They will help you consider your position, power, and privilege, and inspire you to work towards a more equitable healthy world.

1. Principles for Global Health Research. Report by: Canada Coalition for Global Health Research

CCGHR outlines core principles for global health research, which are a key starting point for any student or young professional interested in learning about global health or embarking on a practicum placement, research project, or volunteer placement overseas. The principles focus on ethical and equitable approaches to global health research and offer a set of practical tools with examples to inform practice, spark dialogue, and inspire reflection. The six principles CCGHR puts forth to guide global health research are: authentic partnering, inclusion, shared benefits, commitment to the future, responsiveness to cause of inequities, and humility.

2. Canada’s global health role: supporting equity and global citizenship as a middle power. Article by: Stephanie A Nixon, Kelley Lee, Zulfiqar A Bhutta, James Blanchard, Slim Haddad, Steven J Hoffman, and Peter Tugwell

Context matters, and Canada’s colonial history, geo-political position, and the social-cultural fabric of our country impacts Canada’s role in global health. Understanding our past will enable us to better shape our future, and this article gives SYPs a comprehensive understanding of Canada’s contributions to the global health landscape, and the Nation’s role as a middle power. It also highlights a variety of areas in which the country can strengthen its leadership role on the global stage with a focus on health equity, inclusion, and global citizenship.

3. Privilege and inclusivity in shaping Global Health. Article by: Kabir Sheikh, Sara C Bennett, Fadi el Jardali, and George Gotsadze

The vast majority of global health researchers and practitioners are located in the global North. Voices from the global North dominate positions of leadership, conference panels, and journal articles, reflecting the disproportionate power wielded by the global North, and a lack of equity and inclusion, which are fundamental principles of global health. This article calls for inclusivity and puts forth multiple approaches that can be implemented to enhance the inclusion of individuals from the global South and promote equity in the field. As SYPs, this article represents an important lesson in reflecting on our positions of power and privilege, and a reminder to make a commitment to upholding the CCGHR principles when engaging in global health research and practice.

4. Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and their implementation: A national global framework for health, development and equity needs a systems approach at every level. Article by: Stephen Morton, David Pencheon, and Neil Squires

Following the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the Sustainable Development Goals are a set of 17 global goals that the world seeks to achieve by 2030. The SDGs are linked to five areas of critical importance: People, Planet, Prosperity, Peace and Partnership. This article provides a comprehensive and critical review of the SDGs, making it essential reading for any global health researcher working towards achieving any number of the SDGs.

5. Increasing Women in Leadership in Global Health. Article by: Jennifer A. Downs, Lindsey K. Reif, Adolfine Hokororo, and Daniel W. Fitzgerald.

Women make up a large proportion of the global health workforce, represent a high number of trainees in the field, and globally, women experience a disproportionate burden of disease due to inequities; yet women are underrepresented in global health leadership positions. It is the collective responsibility of both young men and women involved in global health research and practice to lead and advocate for a change in gender equity in global health research settings. This global health read identifies gaps and proposes solutions to promote the advancement of women in global health leadership positions from the global North and South.

These 5 essential global health reads are available on our Student and Young Professional Network (SYPN) Forum that provides exclusive content to our members. Not a member and want to access this exclusive content? Join the SYPN!

Stephanie and Lonnie are the SYPN’s Professional Development Executives. Stephanie recently completed a PhD at the University of Waterloo and is now working as a researcher in the realm of dementia and person-centred care. Lonnie is currently a PhD Candidate at the University of Toronto where she is leading an innovative HIV prevention intervention for street-connected young people in Kenya.