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

76th World Health Assembly – Pandemic? What Pandemic?

The first full day of the #WHA76 - speeches and networking. (Not) Taiwan and Russia on the UN floor. Behind the scenes, efforts brewing to ensure we don't forget COVID, as the world prepares for the "polycrises" that face us... Elisha are joined by Lois Chingandu, Frontline AIDS. This is a special live streamed series with the Global Health Council.
May 22, 2023

76th World Health Assembly – What To Expect

The Global Health Council is joining A Shot In The Arm Podcast to provide accessible, daily updates on all the news coming out of the 76th World Health Assembly. In this introductory episode, Ben Plumley and GHC President & CEO Elisha Dunn-Georgiou explore what to expect, from a pandemics treaty, Universal Health Coverage,  non-communicable diseases, a diagnostics declaration, to the fight to secure greater transparency & accountability in how decisions are made by this august body, in the age of polycrisis. #WorldHealthAssembly #WHA76 #WorldHealthOrganization #WHO #GlobalHealthCouncil #GHC #UNAIDS #pandemicspreparation #pandemicstreaty #UniveralHealthCare #UHC #UNAIDS #NonCommunicableDiseases #NCDs #mentalhealth #climatehealth #transparency
May 21, 2023

Towards Thriving Trans Communities 

Each year the San Francisco Community Health Center holds “The Show Of Hope” to raise funds for its essential life-saving work that provides a safety net for those who fall through the existing safety nets. This year saw the opening of its very first dedicated space for and by trans men and women, providing comprehensive wellness services for clients in SF’s Tenderloin and beyond. We hear about its roots from two staff as well as their hopes for the future. It’s increasingly tough for trans people across many states in America - but here are stories of real hope.  Guests Monique Campbell, Program Manager Trans Services, San Francisco Community Health Center Carsen N, Program Supervisor, San Francisco Community Health Center For more information about Show of Hope - and how you can help And for more information about the range of services provided by SFCHC in San Francisco’s Tenderloin  #transthrive #transhealth #community #HIV #AIDS #homelessness #mentalhealth #showofhope 
April 27, 2023

HIV Prevention for Girls & Women – Real Choice, Not Theoretical Options

In the first episode of this new season of Sharing The Mic with Frontline AIDS, we talk choice in HIV prevention, why it’s essential to protect girls and women in sub Saharan Africa, and why the world needs to step up to make exciting new biomedical innovations available to them, as a matter of urgency.  Introduction: Lois Chingandu, Interim Executive Director, Frontline AIDS Hosts: Ben Plumley, Host A Shot In The Arm Podcast Leora Pillay, Lead, HIV Prevention Advocacy, Frontline AIDS Guests: Patriciah Jeckonia, Senior Technical Adviser, LVCT Health Kenya  Judith Auerbach, independent science & policy consultant, Professor, UCSF School of Medicine Production: Erik Espera, Director & Producer, NewsDoc Media Frontline AIDS team - Suzanne Fisher-Murray, Allie Liu #HIV #HIVPrevention #longacting #girls&women #dapivirinering #cabla
April 24, 2023

The Twende Out in Nairobi – with the Global Listening Project

In the aftermath of COVID lockdowns, how have health, career and life opportunities changed for Kenyan teenage girls & young women? ”Twende (let’s go) Out” with Heidi Larson’s Global Listening Project in Nairobi to understand how changing social norms are helping - and hindering the country’s post-COVID generation of young people.  Guests: Lilian Otiso, Executive Director, LVCT Health Farida Nzilani, Digital Manager, Shujaaz Inc. Ante Neosoul, Musician, DJ, TV and Radio Host, Podcaster, @antoneosoul Links: On-site production and direction by Nick Mutuma and team at Giraffe Africa Productions Ltd. @shotbygiraffe Thanks also to And special shout to our favorite social media influencer Shujaaz’s @TheDJBoyie  #HIV #socialnorms #teenagegirls #gendernorms #sexualreproductivehealth #COVID #unplannedpregnancy#familyplanning #genderbasedviolence -- Youtube video version:
April 10, 2023

The ReSurgence of Global Safe & Affordable Surgical Care

Coinciding with the launch of a new global campaign by ReSurge International to promote greater awareness & funding for local surgical teams to provide life-changing reconstructive care, we meet Jim Chang and Natalie Meyers of ReSurge, along with ground-breaking Zimbabwean surgeon, Godfrey Muguti, to ask why 18 million die every year from surgically preventable diseases - and what can be done about it.  Guests: Professor Jim Chang, Chief of Plastic Surgery, Stanford University & Consulting Medical Officer, ReSurge International Professor Godfrey Muguti, Chair Department of Surgical Sciences, University of Zimbabwe Natalie Meyers, Chief Program Officer, ReSurge International Links: Watch the ReSurge Gala: Donate to ReSurge ReSurge on Social: Twitter: @ReSurge Instagram: #cleftpalate #burns #travelaccidents #reconstructivesurgery #trauma #congenitalconditions #cancer #genderequity #globalsolidarity ---- YouTube Link
March 29, 2023
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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.


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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