Articles by: Natalie Ham

BSG Alumni, Health, welfare and well-being

Sample pooling as a strategy to contain the transmission of COVID-19

Sample pooling as a strategy to contain the transmission of COVID-19

COVID-19 is currently spreading at an alarming rate. Despite showing signs of slowing down, the total number of infected individuals stands at around 13 million as of late July 2020, which is astounding compared to previous instances of the coronavirus, including SARS and MERS. In light of this, a strategy […]

by × 17 July 2020 ×

BSG Alumni, Security and conflict

Srebrenica: Remembering the human consequences of hate 25 years on

Srebrenica: Remembering the human consequences of hate 25 years on

A couple of years ago I found a letter from the Red Cross dated 1997, responding to an enquiry from my mother. They had received her file on her missing brother who was killed during the Srebrenica Genocide in 1995 and confirmed they would undertake an investigation to find his […]

by × 14 July 2020 ×

BSG Faculty, Security and conflict

The health-security nexus: Reassessing priorities after COVID-19

The health-security nexus: Reassessing priorities after COVID-19

The devastating toll of the coronavirus pandemic has ignited a debate about the intersection of public health and national security. Once recognised as global leaders in pandemic preparedness, the United States and the United Kingdom have struggled to integrate policy responses to COVID-19 into existing security frameworks and to allocate resources accordingly. Indeed, public health spending in both countries pales in comparison to spending on counter-terrorism, even though more America lives have […]

by × 29 June 2020 ×

BSG Alumni, Health, welfare and well-being

Managing COVID-19 in Kerala, India – an alumna’s experience

Managing COVID-19 in Kerala, India – an alumna’s experience

As a civil servant working in the state of Kerala, India, for the past seven years, I have been on the foreground while the state has dealt with various challenges – from severe flooding in 2018 and 2019 to the outbreak of Nipah virus in 2018. However, dealing with a […]

by × 24 June 2020 ×

BSG Alumni, Health, welfare and well-being

“We might die of hunger before being killed by the virus”: How COVID-19 compounds the challenges of Pakistan’s transgender community

“We might die of hunger before being killed by the virus”: How COVID-19 compounds the challenges of Pakistan’s transgender community

While the current lockdown in Pakistan has had a detrimental effect on livelihoods across the country, its impact on transgender communities has been particularly devastating. COVID-19 has revealed a troubling picture of transgender people’s social exclusion, marked by high poverty rates, a lack of social security programmes, and structural discrimination. Over the […]

by × 16 June 2020 ×

Admissions and Life at the School, BSG Alumni

A journey in politics and public speaking: Why Joe Biden gives me hope

A journey in politics and public speaking: Why Joe Biden gives me hope

As the presumptive Democratic nominee, Joe Biden is in a strong position to become the 46th President of the United States. Approaching his 78th birthday, he is likely to be a one-term president. Biden’s age has been a major point of contention in the campaign; he has been branded as […]

by × 05 June 2020 ×

BSG Alumni, Governance, cooperation and law

Building bushfire resilience: Indigenous cultural burning policy in Australia

Building bushfire resilience: Indigenous cultural burning policy in Australia

The devastating 2019–20 Australian bushfire season seems a lifetime ago. With the vast changes we have seen to our daily lives brought on by the spread of COVID-19, it’s hard to believe the bushfire season only officially ended in March. The extent of the Black Summer bushfires – with an […]

by × 29 May 2020 ×

BSG Alumni, Governance, cooperation and law

WHO rules global health?

WHO rules global health?

As the coronavirus pandemic devastates health systems worldwide, several governments have called for an independent review of the handling of the international response to the emergence of the novel coronavirus. In particular, such a review would examine the role of the World Health Organisation (WHO), the chief global health coordinating […]

by × 20 May 2020 ×