One of the downsides of living on the US West coast involves time zones. What may seem like a perfectly reasonable time to you, in London, Geneva, or Copenhagen is not all that great from my point of view. Especially this morning, which is why I am whining. The Global Health Program out of University of Copenhagen has a regular webinar series named the Nordic Global Health Talks. These, in the past, has been both interesting and informative. The topics have ranged over a wide variety of key public health topics and the presentations have been excellent.
Not so this morning. Ok, from their point of view it was 1400. Early afternoon and no one should be suffering from post-prandial fatigue. But from my point of view – with an alarm sounding off at 0447 so that I was logged on by 0500 – it was dark. And quiet. And a bit on the chilly side.
And yes, I am working my way around to the whine. Last. month the discussion involved the issue of global health and society wellbeing as reflected by the state of migrant health. The speaker was knowledgeable and informative. The topic today was the result of a doctoral dissertation on clinical guidelines for labor and delivery compared to on the ground realities in Tanzania. What started out as a comparison of actual workload at one location in Zanzibar with clinical guidelines turned into an extended rant about how the guidelines weren’t useful or locally relevant. Ok – but 20 minutes on how poorly the WHO guidelines functioned in practice (low resource settings) was a bit much as she never presented a comparison of those guidelines with the ones locally developed, or how they went about the process of developing guidelines or ….
You get the idea. Not organized, not informative after the first five minutes and didn’t give me much information on what could be done to improve the situation.
I gave up before the end of the hour and went back to bed.
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Alex is home. He has dogs for company. His pain meds are working.
And the dogs – they are still trying to dig up that gopher who is too stupid to relocate.