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Drug development challenges in Africa

In this video, Professor Christian Burri describes the complex drug development process as well as the challenges of drug development specifically in Africa. Drug development is a very complex and …

The long and winding road to better therapies

The following article was published in June 2020 by the Swiss National Science Foundation’s research magazine Horizons – The Swiss Research Magazine. It describes the challenges and pitfalls of developing …

Drug development in Africa

Drug research and development face challenges and are under pressure to develop and produce medicine as cheaply and efficiently as possible. Much can be learned from product development partnerships and …

Wrapping up

This week, we examined health financing in Africa, exploring Universal Health Coverage and different ways of raising revenue and purchasing services from health providers. Universal Health Coverage (UHC) ensures that …

Results-Based Financing in Africa

Results-Based Financing is a new tool for improving health system performance. Its aim is to build financial incentives into health system contracts. In sub-Saharan Africa, governments have been using Results-Based …

Inequitable spatial development and global health

In this video, Vitor Pessoa Colombo discusses how inequitable spatial development has an impact on public health in African cities. Environmental and socioeconomic conditions are interrelated and influence our health …

Urban planning in postcolonial Africa

​​African politicians have inherited the centralism of the colonisers. Land use planning was an important issue in the spatial planning of African cities. There were two specific cases, depending on …

Urban planning in colonial Africa

Despite urbanisation processes starting much earlier than European occupation, African cities have had their morphology influenced by their colonial legacy. Notably, the sanitary movement that had emerged in Europe during …

African contributions to African history

For a long time, Europeans saw Africa as a continent without history. Today, the majority of historical scholarship on Africa is produced by scholars from the Global North. What are …

Urban health in Africa

This week, we will explore urban health in Africa. Our experts are Akuto Akpedze Konou and Vitor Pessoa Colombo, two PhD candidates from Lausanne’s Institute of Technology in Switzerland. The …

Historical text analysis – answers

In the last two steps, we identified source criticism as a key component of a historian’s toolbox. We listed the questions you can ask when you are analysing a source, …

Chinese medicine in Tanzania

In this video, Tanja Hammel interviews Andrea Kifyasi, lecturer at the University of Dar es Salaam, about his PhD thesis on Chinese medical assistance to post-colonial Tanzania. Historian Andrea Kifyasi …

A history of neglect, silencing and rediscovery

Science, technology, medicine, philosophy or literature: Africans have been innovative in all fields. However, their contributions have often been neglected in the western world. Rediscovery starts with being aware of …

What is global health?

Global health is a field of many different vested interests. Sometimes the parties involved combine their efforts to achieve a common objective. Sometimes these parties put their own objectives above …