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20 Jan, 2016 10:32

Philanthrocapitalists in DAVOS, The Crack Cocaine of Gambling, and Breaking Views (E296)

Afshin Rattansi goes underground on DAVOS, gambling and the week’s news. Polly Jones, Head of Policy and Campaigns at Global Justice Now talks Philanthrocapitalists in DAVOS. We investigate gated development at the World Economic Forum and whether we should fear the revenants of neoliberalism. And, Wimbledon may be rigged by gambling syndicates, but why is David Cameron continuing to encourage Britain's most vulnerable to bet their social security away? We speak to Labour MP Carolyn Harris. Plus Afshin is joined once again by broadcaster and former Member of Parliament Lembit Opik to go through the week’s headlines, from David Cameron backing a ban on Muslim face veils to a rise in MP landlords.

Agriculture: Our approach starts with the farmer: we focus on the crops they want to grow and the innovations they need to build a better life for their family. That’s why we invest in the crops that poor family farmers depend on, like cassava, sorghum and millet. Take the example of cassava, the second major staple crop for people in sub-Saharan Africa. This isn’t a crop that big companies are necessary interested in, it’s a crop that subsistence farmers in Africa depend upon. So we are working with partners to enable breeders in countries like Uganda to develop new, locally-adapted varieties much more efficiently. These new varieties are designed to help combat the micronutrient deficiencies that can have lifelong effects on children, as well as the devastation caused by Cassava Brown Streak Disease and Cassava Mosaic Disease.

Health Systems: The foundation believes a strong, functioning primary health care system is a public health imperative for the world’s poorest. We are investing in the following ways:

  • We are establishing a new network of disease surveillance sites (CHAMPS) in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia to get more accurate, timely data about the spread of disease and build up public health infrastructure.
  • In India, we are working to develop a measurement & evaluation system for public health in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar. This data can be analyzed by block and facility as well as by social and economic group. The data is then used to refine and target delivery and services.
  • The global health programs we support have had a positive impact on health systems in developing countries, and some of our largest grants have had direct impact in this area, for example the Global Fund and Gavi. 

Cervical Cancer Tests: The PATH HPV vaccine demonstration study we believe you are referring to used vaccines that were and are licensed in India and that have been administered safely around the world more than 100 million times. In India, cervical carcinoma is the most common cancer among women and accounts for the highest number of cancer deaths each year. The study is currently being reviewed by the Supreme Court of India and we hope that the facts of the case are ascertained as soon as possible 


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