The Lancet Voice

The Lancet Voice

The Lancet Voice is a fortnightly podcast from the Lancet family of journals. Lancet editors and their guests unravel the stories behind the best global health, policy and clinical research of the day―and what it means for people around the world.


June 1, 2023 37 mins

Helena Wang, Asia Executive Editor at The Lancet, is joined by three guests to discuss the trajectory of mental health services in China, culturally-adapted mental health interventions for Chinese populations, and self-harm and suicide prevention approaches for children and adolescents in China.

Guests on this podcast:
Michael Phillips - the Director of Suicide Research and Prevention Center, Shanghai Mental Health Cen...

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When is universal health coverage not actually universal? What are the main hurdles to universality? And how can we get health coverage to hard-to-reach population?

To discuss this and more, Jessamy is joined by Prof. Joseph Wong, Vice President, International, of the University of Toronto and founder of the Reach Alliance, and three members of the Global Reach Alliance, Elizabeth Lubinda, a maternal health and HIV/AIDS r...

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Justin Koonin and Helga Fogstad, of the Coalition of Partnerships for UHC and Global Health, join Zoë Mullan to discuss their hopes and expectations for the upcoming High-Level Meetings on health in 2023.

Find out more about how The Lancet is marking its 200th anniversary with a series of important spotlights here:

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How can we innovate to make UHC more efficient? How does UHC need to adapt in times of crisis? Pooja Jha, Editor-in-chief of The Lancet Regional Health: Europe, is joined by Sarah Thomson, Triin Habicht, and Haja Wurie to discuss.

Find out more about how The Lancet is marking its 200th anniversary with a series of important spotlights here:

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How can health systems make progress towards financing UHC? What are the different approaches? And why don't voluntary contribution and out-of-pocket systems perform as well? Editor-in-chief of The Lancet Global Health, Zoe Mullan, is joined by Irene Agyepong and Joseph Kutzin to discuss how funding affects UHC, in the first of a series of podcasts spotlighting UHC's importance to health.

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Dr. Sam Guglani, an oncologist from Cheltenham, UK, has been running Medicine Unboxed for ten sold-out years. His show examines the interface between medicine, philosophy, and the humanities through a series of speakers and performances. Here, he joins Gavin to discuss philosophy, "good medicine", and the show's move to London.

Find out more about Medicine Unboxed here:

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Jessamy Bagenal is joined by Dr. Eduardo J. Gomez and Pauline Mapfumo to discuss the drivers of childhood obesity, predatory industry tactics, and what steps can be taken to help bring down levels of childhood obesity.

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Georgia Bisbas and Priya Chudasama are joined by Jhumka Gupta, Zeal Desai, and Ziyu Peng to discuss "Taxes, Taboos, Tampons, (and TikTok)—the state of period poverty worldwide".

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February 23, 2023 31 mins

Can the countries of the world learn from the mistakes of the COVID-19 pandemic? The Panel for a Global Public Health Convention is calling for an international treaty which could stop the next outbreak from becoming a pandemic. Dame Barbara Stocking, chair of the panel, joins Gavin and Jessamy to discuss progress that has been made, how such a treaty could be enforced, and what needs to happen.

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Indigenous children and adolescents, regardless of where in the world they live, have worse health outcomes than other groups of children and adolescents. For our second Spotlight podcast in the Child and Adolescent Health Spotlight, acting Editor-in-chief of The Lancet Healthy Longevity Philippa Harris is joined by Lisa Richardson, Indigenous Health Strategy Lead at Women's College Hospital in Toronto, and Yves Minani, execut...

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Phoebe Ashley-Norman is joined by Kareem Zuhdi, Ramona Hiltensperger, and Tanaka Mukuhwa to discuss the importance of children and adolescents being able to access peer support facilities.

Guests on this podcast:

Kareem Zuhdi@KareemZuhdi
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Naseeha (Muslim Catered hotline) -

Ramona Hiltensperger - @rhiltensperger
UPSIDES webinars, tr...

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Members of The Lancet’s International Advisory Board and staff members reflect on 200 years of The Lancet and talk about what it means to them.

This podcast contains reflections from:

Chris Murray
Joy Lawn
Duc Le
Giuseppe Remuzzi
Helena Wang
Lan-Lan Smith
Irene Agyepong
Astrid James
Jie Qiao
Onisillos Sekkides
Anthony Costello
Peter Hayward
Rita Giacaman
Samer J...

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January 5, 2023 20 mins

Editor-in-chief of The Lancet Richard Horton looks back at two centuries of medical publishing, previews how we will be marking the journal’s 200th anniversary, and explains what the milestone means to him.

Visit all of our 200th Anniversary content at:

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Taissa Vila and Elisa Pucu of The Lancet Regional Health Americas  are joined by Prof. Felicia Knaul to discuss the lack of gender diversity in medical leadership in Latin America, the gap in evidence on gender dimensions of the health workforce, and how the majority of unpaid health care and caregiving is provided by women while men occupy leadership positions.

Read Prof. Knaul's Viewpoint on gender equity in Latin A...

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December 15, 2022 29 mins

Louis Pasteur was involved in the creation of the first rabies vaccine in the 1880s, but today one person every ten minutes still dies from rabies, with all of the deaths concentrated in low and middle-income countries. Prof. Katie Hampson joins Gavin and Jessamy to talk about the history of the vaccine and why it's proven so difficult to eliminate rabies.

Read The Lancet's special issue on Pasteur

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A special joint episode sees Prof. Delan Devakumar, host of the Race & Health podcast and Professor of Global Child Health at UCL, speak with Prof. Tendayi Achiume, Dr. Gideon Lasco, and Dr. Sujitha Selvarajah about what racism means to them,  how racism affects health, and what we can learn from The Lancet's new Series on racial and ethnic equity in science, medicine, and global health.

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November 29, 2022 36 mins

Why do half of the world's firearm deaths occur in just six countries, all in the Americas? What does consistently treating guns as a public health issue entail? Stephen Hargarten and Arturo Cervantes Trejo join Gavin to discuss their work with the Network To Prevent Gun Violence In The Americas.

You can continue the conversation with Jessamy and Gavin on Twitter by following them at @JessamyBagenal and @GavinCleaver.

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What is climate litigation? How is it used to hold governments to account? What is the role of legal justice in trying to achieve climate justice? Marta Schaaf, director of the program on climate, economic and social justice and corporate accountability at Amnesty International, and Iain Byrne, international human rights lawyer at Amnesty, join Gavin and Jessamy to discuss using the law to achieve climate justice and their hopes fo...

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What does it mean that polio was found in wastewater in London and New York? What is “vaccine-derived” polio? What does eradication mean, and how will we achieve it? On this World Polio Day, Dr. Ananda Bandyopadhyay, deputy director of the polio team at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, explains the most up-to-date information and maps out the future of tackling polio.

Read The Lancet's recent editorial on poli...

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Dr. Anthony Fauci, Chief Medical Advisor to the President of the United States and Director of NIAID, is standing down at the end of 2022. He joins Gavin and Jessamy to discuss becoming a household name during the COVID-19 pandemic, why scientific discourse in the USA is broken, and how the pandemic could end.

Read The Lancet's profile of Dr. Fauci here:
Anthony Fauci: moving on

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