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Tatum Anderson

Journalist, writer and editor

Location icon United Kingdom

I write. I write a lot. And I've been writing for over 20 years. My articles encompass science, technology, international development and business. I've written for a range of publications too, from WHO Bulletin and The Lancet to the Guardian, IP-Watch, Health Policy Watch, The Economist, SciDev.net, BMJ, BBC News and Nature.

I work on freelance commissions and generate original stories. I conduct investigative reporting as well as contract publishing and medical writing. I write features and interviews, contribute articles to conference newspapers, supplements and copy for internal magazines and websites.

Subjects I've covered are wide – anything from insulin and fake news on vaccines to effective air ambulance repatriations. More recently I have written about treatments for cancer and other non-communicable diseases in resource poor settings, access to health technologies, medicine prices, cross-border healthcare, the opioid crisis, emergency medicine and antimicrobial resistance. I interview a range of actors from policymakers to research scientists and health practitioners.

Below is a tiny selection of the articles I've written.

Destination Spotlight: Spain's healthcare system

Eric Barthélémy-Maviel, Head of Operations and International Networks at Europ Assistance in Spain, noted that with such a well-established tourism industry, Spain is a destination that has attracted international patients for more than 50 years. He said that, today, there is a high demand from international visitors for eye surgery, organ transplants, fertility procedures, and plastic and cosmetic surgery.

the Guardian
Bad medicine: the toxic fakes at the heart of an international criminal racket

Sometimes the vials are filled with dirty water. Occasionally they contain saline and a tiny amount of antibiotic, so as not to infect the site of the vaccination and draw attention to its true ingredients. But however good or bad the disguise, the fact is that these "vaccines" will actually have no effect at all.

World Health Organization
Rolling out Rwanda's national palliative care programme

Courtesy of Christian Ntizimira Christian Ntizimira is a Masters Candidate at Harvard Medical School, department of Global Health and Social Medicine and the executive secretary of the Rwanda Palliative Care and Hospice Organisation. This year he became World Cancer Congress Regional Lead, Africa, for the Union for International Cancer Control.

BBC News
'We should own our own livelihood and our own dream'

Tanusree Chaudhuri, 38, was pregnant with her first child when her supervisor told her she would have to give up her dreams. She was doing a doctorate in computational biology and aspired to improve people's health. "He told me 'you are married now, why do you need a PhD?

Health Policy Watch
Innovative Financing: New Health Bonds Tested For Impact

Hospitals in the Indian state of Rajasthan will be assessed next month to gauge whether upgrades, paid for with a new international innovative financing model, have brought them up to the new government quality standards. At least 92 small private healthcare organisations (SHCOs) - small private rural and urban hospitals - are being upgraded this year, and 360 in total over three years.

Health Policy Watch
Tackling Pain Seen As Vital To Debate On Noncommunicable Diseases And Care

Access to powerful painkillers, usually based on opioid substances, is a crucial part of progress towards tackling NCDs, according to the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB), a UN quasi-judicial body that is concerned with enforcing three global drug control conventions.

The Economist
Growing wiser

MODERN, Western medicine tends to pooh-pooh its herbal cousin. It is true that synthetic pharmaceuticals are purer, more reliable and often more effective than herbs. But many of them have herbal origins, and the sight of pharmacists botanising (collecting herbs from the countryside for sale as medicine) was common in Europe within living memory.

The politics of pain

Pain relief is often taken for granted in the Western world, but in about 150 countries the use of morphine is severely restricted. Tatum Anderson investigates how this has come about, and what steps are being taken to stop patients living and dying in extreme pain.

International Hospitals & Healthcare Review
Chinese Market

Countries are beginning to notice an increase in Chinese citizens looking for healthcare services abroad, as Tatum Anderson reports Around 483,000 people travelled from China for medical tourism in 2015, spending US$6.3 billion on treatment and US$3.4 billion on related travel and accommodation, according to ChinaMediworld.com.

The Lancet
Doctors lobby for better chronic pain management

Several campaigns and initiatives are underway in Europe and the USA by doctors hoping to improve services and care for patients with chronic pain. Tatum Anderson reports.

Trip into the unknown

News: Business A plant in Uganda hopes to sell cut-price drugs by taking advantage of exemptions from rules that protect patents. But its operators face major obstacles, as Tatum Anderson reports. President Yoweri Museveni gives a thumbs up to Uganda's latest drug venture.

Turning plants into pills in Kenya

In the shadow of Mount Kenya, traditional healer Jack Githae enters what he describes as his 'natural pharmacy'. It's a dense area of bush where elephants occasionally wander packed with a range of plants and trees from the African olive to the prickly euphorbia.

The Lancet
Can open-source drug development deliver?

Open-source drug development involves open data sharing, collaboration, and results sharing. The aim is to produce new drugs for neglected diseases. But can it work? Tatum Anderson reports.

Evening Standard
Vaccine charity weathers downturn by raising £50m through the banks

A charity is to raise £50million for vaccines in undeveloped countries by approaching the financial markets. The International Finance Facility for Immunisation (IFFIm) will be issuing a bond via HSBC to raise the sum. The bond will be redeemed after five years at which point it will also pay out a one-off coupon of 16.2%.

Intellectual Property Watch
Better Data On Fake Drugs Needed To Fight The Scourge - Intellectual Property Watch

by for Intellectual Property Watch The problem of fake medicines is a big one. But precisely how big? The problem is, when reporting numbers, news stories, reports and institutions have historically bundled the different kinds of medicines together, says an expert at the WHO. Available only for IP-Watch Subscribers.

the Guardian
Battles with Big Pharma

Major pharmaceutical companies are often happy to donate their medicines for free to the developing world, but that might mean they are getting off cheaply in meeting their social obligations, while still charging high prices for patented drugs, Tatum Anderson reports

BBC News
Africa hails new meningitis vaccine - BBC News

For the people in Niger, Mali and Burkina Faso, a new meningitis vaccine offers hope of an escape from one of the world's deadliest, most disabling and infectious diseases. So there is little wonder that the queues were enormous when a pilot project for the MenAfriVac vaccine got underway in the three West African countries in recent weeks.

International Hospitals & Medical Travel
Journeying for the wonder drug

HepC medical tourism. What you do get when you cross a millionaire Argentinian football star, Egyptian pyramids, a government department and a pharmaceutical company? The launch of a medical tourism campaign, of course. At least that's what happened earlier this year when international soccer superstar Lionel Messi of FC Barcelona and the Argentinian national football team visited Egypt to promote the launch of Tour n' Cure, a medical tourism initiative.

International Hospitals and Medical Travel
Israel's proposed medical tourism legislation

Tatum Anderson investigates how a new bill from the Ministries of Health and Tourism seeks to improve treatment for Israeli patients It's not just the world-famous therapeutic spas on the Dead Sea, or even the promise of post-treatment trips to biblical sites that have made Israel one of the world's most popular medical tourism destinations.

Intellectual Property Watch
Polypills: Are Miracle Treatments Being Overlooked? - Intellectual Property Watch

Cardiovascular diseases (CVD), a group of conditions that can result in heart attacks and strokes, is the world's number one killer, accounting for one-third of deaths throughout the world, according to research released recently (17 May) by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) at the University of Washington.

A question of transparency

13 October 2016 Tatum Anderson looks at global efforts to enhance hospital pricing transparency In March this year, a group of 11 organisations - including one that represents US pensioners - wrote to the US National Institutes of Health, asking why a late-stage prostate cancer drug costs as much as four times more in the US than it does elsewhere.

Life in the Bronze Age

The wooden summerhouse at Ristinge in the south-west was simple and homely, with a maze of small rooms. But no one spent much time inside, apart from to sleep and prepare food. Outside, a garden of evergreens and rosehip bushes led to a beach just a minute's walk away; two hours from Copenhagen, we were lying on white sand.

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