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Worlds Collide: Growing up in non-Western culture & effect on thinking about global health

The Scan miniseries ‘Worlds Collide’ feature two well-known global health researchers from different parts of the globe, Jaime Miranda, from Peru, and Seye Abimbola, from Nigeria. Each wears a variety of ‘hats’, holding a number of positions, in different countries. Featuring unstructured conversations as they reflect on daily interactions it offers illuminating insight on navigating work and cultural perspectives. It offers the audience an intimate setting as they share their experiences with each other – and us!

In the first episode of this four-part series the two health researchers reflect on growing up in non Western cultures and how it affects the way they think about global health and academics.

About the speakers

Jaime Miranda is a health systems researcher from Peru. He holds appointments as Professor of Global Health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Lown Scholar at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health Boston USA; and is a Visiting Professorial Fellow at The George Institute for Global Health Australia; is a member of the Scientific and Technical Advisory Committee (STAC) of Alliance for Health Policy and Systems Research from the World Health Organization for the period 2021-24; and is a member of the Independent Group of Scientists (IGS) appointed by the UN Secretary-General António Guterres in charge of drafting the 2023 Global Sustainable Development Report. Professor Miranda trained in medicine at Cayetano Heredia University (Spanish: Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia, (UPCH)) and earned a PhD in epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (UK).

Seye Abimbola is a health systems researcher from Nigeria. Amongst other roles, he is Prince Claus Chair in Equity and Development at Utrecht University, The Netherlands; a senior lecturer at the School of Public Health, University of Sydney in Australia; and is editor in chief of BMJ Global Health; a member of the World Health Organisation (WHO) Health System Governance Collaborative; and serves on the advisory council of Global Health 50/50. Seye had his initial training in medicine at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife in Nigeria and gained his PhD from Sydney University in 2016, on a wide-ranging institutional analysis of primary health care governance in Nigeria. From 2018-2019, Seye was a Sidney Sax Overseas Early Career Fellow at the University of Oxford.

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The Scan podcast from The George Institute for Global Health explores the latest research, emerging evidence, and crucial progress towards developing practical approaches towards better treatments, better care and healthier societies globally.