A new briefing note on global health inequalities has been published by the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST). The note was researched by Stephen Barrie during a Fellowship supported by the Council. The Fellowship, which has been running for three years, has the aim of promoting informed debate of issues relating to bioethics among Parliamentarians. The topic was chosen by the POST Board.

The POSTnote reviews trends in global health inequalities and the different ways in which these have been measured. It examines different approaches to reducing health inequalities and challenges in implementing targets such as the Millennium Development Goals, the Sustainable Development Goals and Universal Health Coverage.

Some of the issues raised in the note, such as the challenges that arise in funding priorities, including the tendency of some funders to prioritise short term projects with measurable outcomes or impact, also arose during the Council’s workshop on research in global health emergencies in December 2016.

Read Stephen Barrie’s blog post about his experience of being a POST Fellow.

Previous publications by POST Fellows supported by the Council

  • In January 2017, a POSTnote was published that considers approaches to promoting integrity in research, researched by Cressida Auckland.
  • In July 2014, a POSTnote was published describing the ethical, legal and practical issues raised by biobanks, researched by Clare Wenham.
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