A Shot in the Arm Podcast with Ben Plumley

A Shot in the Arm Podcast with Ben Plumley

A podcast about exploring innovation and equity in global health

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Sharing the Mic Ep04 – Financing the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria

World leaders meet in New York this week, to commit - hopefully - $18 billion over the next three years to the Global Fund in its fight to end AIDS, TB and Malaria - as well as COVID-19, and in this episode, we are again sharing the mic with Frontline AIDS to explore how communities themselves lead country programs funded by the Global Fund, as well as the critical advocacy role they are playing right now to keep the world’s attention focused on the three diseases. Joining Ben are: Kanna Dharmarajah Lead HIV and Financing, Frontline AIDS Eddie Mkhatjwa, Project Manager, CANGO, Eswatini Yvette Raphael, Executive Director, Advocates for the Prevention of HIV in Africa, South Africa #FightForWhatCounts #HIV #AIDS #TB #Malaria #COVID-19 #UNGA #UNGA77 #pandemics
September 20, 2022

Doomsday Watch Meets Global Health (with Guest Arthur Snell)

Ben meets Arthur Snell, former UK diplomat, host of the Doomsday Watch Podcast, and author of the Amazon UK bestseller “How Britain Broke The World” to explore how the greatest challenges facing the international community are radically changing global health priorities. Arthur reflects on the wide-ranging impacts of Russia’s ill-fated invasion of Ukraine, NATO’s retreat from Afghanistan, and what to expect from the new British Prime Minister Liz Truss - particularly whether the UK will follow the lead of the US and European partners and support the 7th replenishment of the Global Fund. #globalsecurity #Ukraine #globalhealthsecurity #pandemics #pandemicspreparation #pandemicsresponse #HIV #AIDS #malaria #tb #covid #LizTruss #GlobalFund
September 8, 2022

Global Health Security – Part 2

Just prior to AIDS 2022, Ben sat down with Steve Morrison, one of the world’s leading thinkers on how health fits into new trends in global security. He shares his views on the impact of the Russian Invasion of Ukraine, COVID-19 and other current and future infectious outreaks on nations’ security.  Guest: J. Stephen Morrison, Senior Pice President at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) and Director of its Global Health Policy Center. #CSIS #globalsecurity #globalhealthsecurity #pandemics #pandemicspreparation #pandemicsresponse #HIV #AIDS #malaria #tb #covid
August 2, 2022

HIV and COVID-19: A Private Sector Example of Transferable and New Solutions

COVID-19 has upended society, from vaccine inequity, to healthcare and to the way we work. In this #aids2022 podcast, we look at how one San Francisco Bay Area-based multinational - Chevron - has responded to COVID-19, by building on its heritage of partnerships forged over 30 years of the AIDS response. Joining Ben, are friends of the podcast: Dr. Huma Abbasi, Chief Medical Officer, Chevron Dr. Chinwe Okala, Lead Physician Chevron Nigeria Ambassador Eric Goosby, UCSF and UN Special Envoy on TB Lance Toma, CEO of the SF Community Health Center Chris Collins, CEO of Friends of the Global Fight Sally Ethelston, Director, Resource Mobilization and Outreach, Malaria Vaccines #COVID19 #HIV #AIDS #TB #malaria #business #partnerships #community #ESG #corporateresponsibility
July 31, 2022

Sharing the Mic Ep03 – AIDS 2022: New Report on Human Rights Violations

In this episode we provide our listeners and viewers with an overview of the key Frontline AIDS activities at the upcoming AIDS 2022 conference in Montreal – particularly the launch of the Report “Protectors or Perpetrators?” – highlighting how unlawful policing practices are affecting the communities most affected by AIDS – and showcasing the leadership of those same communities in documenting and responding to human rights violations.    The panelists for this episode are − Host, Ben Plumley − Oratile Moseki, Lead Human Rights Advocacy (Human Rights), Frontline AIDS − Micheal Ighodaro, Prevention Access Campaign & Trustee of Frontline AIDS  − Liberty Matthyse, Executive Director, Gender Dynamix South Africa − Victoria Kalyniuk, REAct Regional Coordinator, Alliance for Public Health Ukraine Directed by Erik Espera, NewsDoc Media Produced by Troy Espera Frontline AIDS producer Allie Liu
July 28, 2022

Managing Pandemics: Pathways to Better Diagnostics in Infectious Disease

It’s obvious, really, that you can’t treat your way out of a pandemic without the right diagnostics to tell you who is infected, and with which variant of virus or bacterium - and in this episode Ben chats with two leading experts on how laboratory and point of care diagnostics form the essential backbone to any effective infectious disease public health program. Sponsored by Roche Molecular. Ben is joined by Dr. Tamar Tchelidze, and Dr. Ben La Brot, physicians from Roche Molecular Systems Inc, both with deep frontline expertise in combating pandemics. #infectiousdisease #pandemics #covid #HIV #AIDS #tb #malaria #pandemicsresponse #diagnostics #laboratory #treatment #testing #prevention #screening #PrEP #injectables
July 28, 2022

A Shot in the Arm Podcast with Ben Plumley

Advances in healthcare for the many, not the few? How to rebuild trust between clinical science and the general public? Global Health strategist Ben Plumley meets experts from around the world to explore the pressing issues in global health innovation and equity, from biotechnology, to access to medicines, communications, and the decolonization of public health.
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Ben Plumley

Ben Plumley

Ben is an internationally recognized global health strategist and advocate, with over 25 years’ experience in the UN, private and non-profit sectors. Now based in California, Ben’s unique strength is in mobilizing stakeholders to create impactful public private partnerships in global health.

Ben is Head of Engagement, Partnerships and Impact at Ikana Health Action Lab, and a Senior Fellow at the Global Health Reporting Center.

Ben is an internationally respected podcaster, and host of A Shot In The Arm Podcast, a cutting-edge video podcast about innovation and equity in global health – particularly in the age of pandemics. Guests have included Dr Anthony Fauci, Congresswoman Barbara Lee and Professor Heidi Larson. Ben’s other podcasts include Business Fights AIDS, a behind the scenes look at his collaboration with the late Ambassador Richard Holbrooke to mobilize the business response to AIDS, and Vax Up – a video podcast designed for vaccine implementers on how social technologies can be used to promote vaccine confidence.

Between 2010 and 2018, he was the CEO of the Global Health Technical Assistance and Policy Think Tank, the Pangaea Global AIDS Foundation. As well as non-profits, he has extensive public and private sector experience, having been Vice President of Access at Johnson & Johnson, Chief of Staff to Dr Peter Piot, the founding Executive Director of UNAIDS, and a public consultation policy adviser at the UK Human Fertilization and Embryology Authority.

Ben is Chair of the MTV Staying Alive Foundation, producer of the award-winning MTV Shuga terrestrial and digital soap operas, promoting young people’s sexual and reproductive health across Southern Africa and India.

He is also the incoming Chair of the San Francisco Community Health Center, a national center of excellence which provides ground-breaking comprehensive health and wellness services for hard-to-reach homeless, trans and drug-using communities in San Francisco’s tenderloin district. Ben was educated at Churchill College, Cambridge University in the United Kingdom.

Ben's other interests include the literature (and particularly the essays) of Aldous Huxley (perhaps the greatest essayist of the 20th century), as well as the genre of speculative fiction - particularly Margaret Atwood (definitely the best English-language writer of our era). And, to the alarm of many of his friends, he is passionate about British, German and Japanese electronic pop music, particularly the Pet Shop Boys, Rosenstolz and Kirinji.

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