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About Robert Walgate

Robert Walgate is a former communications officer for Tropical Disease Research at the World Health Organisation, and former news editor of the WHO Bulletin.

Articles by Robert Walgate

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Rosemary Bechler

Rosemary Bechler is the mainsite editor of openDemocracy.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

The United Nations and human rights: the danger of irrelevance

As the United Nations High Commission on Human Rights begins its 60th session in Geneva, Robert Walgate for openDemocracy asks Irene Khan, head of Amnesty International, why she has so little faith in the UNHCHR’s commitment to improve human rights.

Sars and poverty - the missing argument

The World Health Organisation has been criticised for excessive caution over outbreaks of Sars (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) in Canada and elsewhere. But, argues Robert Walgate in an investigation of the key players, their action is entirely justified. The great remaining concern is not for countries with adequate health systems, but for what would happen if the virus runs loose in the poorest developing countries.

Curing malaria: all Africa can try this at home

Malaria kills a million infants every year. The Tropical Disease Research Programme shows that ‘home-based’ management of malaria can save hundreds of thousands of lives at low cost. It suggests a global health care paradigm, where people without medical training play a far greater role in their own primary health care.
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