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Desmond Jumbam

Health Policy Advisor , Operation Smile Inc.

Cameroon · Class of 2022

Desmond is a Ghana-based health policy consultant whose pointed critique of neocolonialist thinking in global development – “How (Not) To Write About Global Health”, published in the BMJ Global Health journal – went viral on the Internet. His ironic approach to deeply serious problems has earned him a reputation as a humorist, but he sees nothing funny about the lack of accountability in global health. “It’s hard to tolerate when you see the dangers firsthand. I felt an obligation to speak up because these [behaviors] have a direct impact on the lives of vulnerable people and allow injustices to persist,” he says.


Published Op-Eds and News Updates:

  1. The solvable health issue that kills more than malaria, AIDS and TB
  2. Disparities in Access to Trauma Care in Sub-Saharan Africa: a Narrative Review
  3. It’s time to talk about safe surgery in Ghana
  4. The state of surgery, obstetrics, trauma, and anaesthesia care in Ghana: a narrative review