My Latest Publications

"#DecolonizeGlobalHealth: Rewriting the narrative of global health." International Health Policies, February 11, 2019. Available from:

"Political Economy of PMAC: Who Gets Invited, Who Doesn’t, and So What." International Health Policies, February 6, 2019. Available from:


Book Chapters

Essentials of Global Health

"Essentials of Global Health (1st Edition)." Edited by Babulal Sethia and Parveen Kumar. Elsevier, 2018.

  • Section Editor on "Healthcare Provision" (Five chapters)
  • Chapter Author (with John Jefferson Besa) on "Universal Health Coverage"

Resilient Asia Book

"Governing complexity: The regional health architecture in Asia." With Julia Spencer, Marco Liverani, Johanna Hanefeld, Tikki Pangestu, Viroj Tangcharoensathien, and Helena Legido-Quigley. In: "Resilient and people-centred health systems: progress, challenges and future directions in Asia." Edited by Helena Legido-Quigley and Nima Asgari-Jirhandeh, WHO, 2018.


"Thought Leader" Column for Rappler (the Philippines' largest online news organization)

"Dekalogo ng pamamahala para sa henerasyong milenyal." (English: Decalogue of leadership for the millennial generation) January 14, 2019.

"Stop blaming devolution for health sector failures." October 3, 2018.

"Bringing care back to health care." September 22, 2018.

"The water you drink and use – and why you should care more." August 8, 2018.


Scientific Journals

"Global health security and universal health coverage: from a marriage of convenience to a strategic, effective partnership." With Clare Wenham, Rebecca Katz, Charles Birungi, Lisa Boden, Mark Eccleston-Turner, Lawrence O Gostin, Mark Hellowell, Kristine Husøy Onarheim, Joshua Hutton, Anuj Kapilashrami, Emily Mendenhall, Alexandra Phelan, Marlee Tichenor, Devi Sridhar. BMJ Global Health, January 14, 2018.

"Climate, air quality, and health benefits of a carbon fee-and-rebate bill in Massachusetts, U.S.A." With Jonathan Buonocore, Jonathan Levy, and Aaron Bernstein. Environmental Research Letters, October 4, 2018.

“Essentials of Global Health: a book for students, by students.” With Anand Bhopal, Daniel Knights, Felicity Knights, Laura Bertani, Anya Gopfert, et al. The Lancet Global Health, October 1, 2018.

"Putting the health of migrants at the centre of migration governance: a source country perspective from the Philippines." (Abstract). With J Buenaventura. European Journal of Public Health, Volume 28, Issue suppl_1, 1 May 2018, cky048.060, 

"Universal health coverage in ‘One ASEAN’: are migrants included?" (Abstract). With U Zuwasti-Curran, R Suphanchaimat, N Pocock. European Journal of Public Health, Volume 28, Issue suppl_1, 1 May 2018, cky047.022, 

"Cross-cutting principles for planetary health education." With S Stone, S Myers, C Golden and the Planetary Health Education Brainstorm Group. The Lancet Planetary Health, May 1, 2018.

“Threats to malaria elimination in the Himalayas.” With Mishra SR, Dhimal M, Adhikari B, and Chu C. The Lancet, August 2016. Available from:

“Climate Change and Health.” With Pradyumna A. The Lancet, January 30, 2016. Available from:

“The Climate/Health Nexus at COP21 & Beyond.” With E Wiley, Y Tcholakov, I Braithwaite, et al. World Medical Journal, Volume 61, Number 4, December 2015.

“The Road to Paris: What is at Stake for Health in COP21 Negotiations?” With Y Tcholakov, E Wiley, T Hornung, et al. World Medical Journal, Volume 61, Number 3, October 2015.

“From Extraction to Renewal: A Global Campaign for Healthy Energy.” With JS Wang, R Euripidou, F Armstrong, GK Jensen, J Karliner, A Zhao, D Narayanan, P Orris. New Solut. 2015 Oct 13. Available from: pii: 1048291115610433

“Beyond Chlor Hühner & Nürnberger Bratwürste: The Case for Physician & Organized Medical Advocacy to Promote Health in Trade Agreement Negotiations.” With E Wiley, DV Hall, T Hornung, et al. World Medical Journal, Volume 61, Number 1, April 2015.

“Universal health coverage in “One ASEAN”: are migrants included?” With U Zuwasti-Curran, R Suphanchaimat, N Pocock. Glob Health Action 2015, 8: 25749

“Why should medical students be concerned about global governance?” Res Medica, Volume 22, No 1, 2014. DOI:

“Rethinking the foundations of global governance for health: the youth response.” With U Gopinathan, D Hougendobler, N Watts, C Cuadrado, A Lefebvre, S Meganathan, W Wanjau, J Jorem, NK Habibullah, P Asilia, U Mushtaq. The Lancet, May 26, 2014. Available from: doi: 10.1016/S0140-6736(14)60766-2

“The political origins of health inequity: the perspective of the Youth Commission on Global Governance for Health.” With U Gopinathan, C Cuadrado, N Watts, D Hougendobler, W Wanjau, A Lefebvre, J Jorem, X Jiang, NK Habibullah, S Meganathan, UA Mushtaq. The Lancet, February 15, 2014. Available from: doi: 10.1016/S0140-6736(14)60050-7

“Disaster curricula in medical and health care education: adopting an interprofessional approach.” With A Barnett-Vanes. Prehosp Disaster Med. 2013 Dec; 28(6):644-5. doi: 10.1017/S1049023X13009114

“The role of young people in global health governance: an interview-based observational study.” (Abstract). With C Pleyer, R Dhatt, K Thompson, A Mares de Leon, J Iversen, M Kalmus Eliasz, A Sousa, W Wanjau. The Lancet, October 20, 2013.

“Medical education in the Philippines: medical students’ perspectives.” (Abstract). The Lancet, October 21, 2012.

“Philippine Perspectives on Combating HIV-AIDS.” Journal of Global Health, Columbia University, New York, USA, December 2011.

 “Students’ Perspective on Rooting Out Causes of Health Injustice.” With Daniel Yore, Nilofer Khan Habibullah, Altagracia Mares de Leon, Taavi Tillman, Alex Elliott-Green, and Unni Gopinathan. The Lancet, October 20, 2011. Available from: doi:10.1016/S0140-6736(11)61628-0


Reports and White Papers

“Air Quality and Health Co-Benefits of a Carbon Fee-and-Rebate Bill in Massachusetts.” With J Buonocore, J Levy, S Nystrom, C Brown, and A Bernstein. Center for Health and the Global Environment, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, April 27, 2017. Available from:

“Coal: A Public Health Crisis – Diseases and deaths attributed to coal use in the Philippines.” (Member of the Editorial Board) Greenpeace Philippines, February 3, 2016. Available from:

“Migrant Health in the Philippines: Challenges, Opportunities, and Ways Forward.” Department of Health (Philippines) and International Organization for Migration, September 2014. Available from:

“Advancing health by enhancing capabilities: A proposal for equitable global governance.” Final Report of the Lancet-University of Oslo Youth Commission on Global Governance for Health.  May 26, 2014.



Newspapers, Websites, and Blogs

"ALMA-ATA at 40: Time to Expand to Planetary Health Care." Health and Human Rights Journal, October 25, 2018. Available from:

"A journey of friendship: how Alma-Ata made us young global health leaders." With Roopa Dhatt. International Health Policies, October 24, 2018. Available from:

"Climate and Health: The Heart of the Health Policy Nexus." Global Health Now, October 9, 2018. Available from:

"Want to transform global health? Start with WHO interns." PLOS Blogs Global Health, September 26, 2018. Available from:

“Achieving the SDGs, protecting planetary health.” Medium, August 20, 2017. Available from:

“Building the social foundations of planetary health.” International Health Policies, April 28, 2017. Available from:  

"Solving the climate crisis, one hospital at a time." Los Angeles Times, January 18, 2017. Available from:

“Leading Towards the Finish Lines in Global Health: A Conversation with Dr. Muhammad Pate.” Voices in Leadership, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, September 23, 2016. Available from:

“Reimagining public health in the 21st century.” International Health Policies, May 28, 2016.

“#EarthDay2016 Tweetchat: How Can Health Professionals #DoNoHarm for #ClimateHealth?”, April 22, 2016. 

“The Human Cost of Coal.” Rappler, February 19, 2016. 

“The Gospel According to Michael Marmot.” International Health Policies, February 17, 2016.

“The Road THROUGH Paris, The Way to Healthy Energy.” Health Care Without Harm-Asia, January 13, 2016.

“We cannot have post-COP 21 depression.” International Health Policies, January 7, 2016.

“#UHC and #ClimateHealth: Sister Agendas Towards #HealthForAll.” Health Systems Global, December 15, 2015.

“The Youth and the Health Research Journey.”, September 24, 2015.

“New leadership for global health begins at home.” With M Valera. International Health Policies, September 4, 2015.

“‘Emerged voices’ speak to the emerging: Ten takeaways from the ‘Manila conversation’” With N Jessani, B Purohit, B Ho. International Health Policies, September 3, 2015.

“Retooling new leaders, reimagining global health.” Rappler, July 24, 2015.

“Building Bridges from Molecules to Mankind.” Philippine Daily Inquirer, March 24, 2015.

“Global Health Post-2015: Tackling the ‘Elephants in the Room.’” International Health Policies, February 5, 2015.

“Do no harm: How the health sector can address climate change.” Rappler, November 23, 2014.

“Health justice in global governance – the quest continues.” International Health Policies, June 10, 2014.

“Health workers after Typhoon Haiyan: shaken, but not broken.” Pulse, the magazine of International Federation of Medical Students’ Associations (IFMSA) Asia-Pacific, April 2014.

“Alternative learning for health equity: lessons from student organizations.” Transformative Education of Health Professionals website, World Health Organization, January 16, 2014.

“The most vulnerable.” With C Holm-Hansen and L Scherdel. Outreach – a multistakeholder magazine on climate change and sustainable development, November 2013.

“Perspective from the Global South.” Medicor, Karolinska Institutet, 2013.

“Strengthening health information systems to achieve universal health coverage: lessons from community-based efforts in the Philippines.” Medical Students International, Volume 28, August 2013.

“‘Global Health Beyond 2015’ ‐ Beyond Stockholm: Young People’s Perspective.” With Nilofer Khan Habibullah, Usman Mushtaq, and Waruguru Wanjau. Website of the Lancet‐University of Oslo Commission on Global Governance for Health, May 13. 2013.‐governance-health/news/globalhealth‐beyond2015.html

“PH beyond 2015: What next after the MDGs?” With Raoul Bermejo. Philippine Daily Inquirer, May 12, 2013. 

“Addressing the causes of the causes: Social determinants of health inequalities.” Global Medicine, May 2013.

“Universal Health Care: Some Non-negotiables.” Pulse, the magazine of International Federation of Medical Students’ Associations (IFMSA) Asia-Pacific, August 2012.

“Universal Health Care: Achieving Health Equity in the Philippines.” Medical Students International, Volume 26, August 2012.

“Who Should Be the Next Dean of the UP College of Medicine?” Diliman Diary, May 19, 2012.

“Social Determinants of Health.” Hawaii Filipino Chronicle, Community Health Fair Supplement, May 5, 2012.

“Social Determinants of Health.” Philippine Daily Inquirer (Talk of the Town), March 25, 2012.

“After Rio, Where to?” Medical Students International, Volume 25, March 2012.

“Health Lessons to Learn From APEC.” Hawaii Filipino Chronicle, APEC 2011 Supplement, November 12, 2011.

“Medical Students’ Perspective on the Rio Declaration.” In behalf of the International Federation of Medical Students’ Associations (IFMSA), October 21, 2011.

“Will the current reform enable the WHO to better address SDH?” International Federation of Medical Students’ Associations (IFMSA) blog, October 20, 2011.

“Towards a Healthier Asia-Pacific.” Pulse, the magazine of International Federation of Medical Students’ Associations (IFMSA) Asia-Pacific, Joint Conference Special Edition 2011, June 2011.

“Test of Survival: (In)accessible Diagnostics in an Inequitable World.” Medical Students International, Volume 23, March 2011.

“Climate Change is a Health Issue.” Latitude, Issue 1, January 2011.

“Prepared for ACTION in face of disaster: A manifesto from medical students from Asia-Pacific.” The Lancet Student. December 10, 2010.

“Climate Change is a Health Issue.” Youth Voices of the Global Environmental Governance Project website (Yale University, College of William and Mary, University of Massachusetts Boston), November 11, 2010.

“Don’t Blame Nature.” Tunza Magazine of the United Nations Environment Programme, Volume 8, Number 2, August 2010. Translated into French (“La nature n’est pas la seule responsable") and Spanish (“No eches la culpa a la naturaleza”).

“UP’s Next Sustainability President – Anyone?” Diliman Diary, August 9, 2010.

“Green Lessons from Mauka to Makai in Hawaii.” Philippine Daily Inquirer, August 3, 2010.

“Lessons and Memories from Hawaii Island.” The Kohala Center Newsletter, Kohala Center, Hawaii, USA. June 2010.

“Interconnected.” Philippine Daily Inquirer, November 10, 2009.

“Healing the Environment is Everyone’s Responsibility.” Philippine Daily Inquirer, April 15, 2008.

“Mixed Blessings.” Philippine Daily Inquirer, November 17, 2005.