Very excited to have two guest lecturers from @RTI_Intl in my class today, Molly Chen & Elizabeth Fitch, who will discuss: "Measuring large-scale change: how to evaluate policy" 🔎

Interested in the readings for the class?📖📖📖

This thread has them 1/n
UN Resolution Highlighting Evaluation Capacity Building for the Achievement of Development Results at Country Level

WHO Framework and Standards for Country Health Information Systems, 2nd edition

USAID CLA Case competition finalist “Using CLA to Improve Malaria Data Quality and Decision Making in Guinea

Zambia National Health Strategy Plan (2017-2021)

USAID Evaluation Policy

And finally:

Measure Evaluation’s Guidelines for Data Management Standards in Routine Health Information Systems….

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8 Apr
The people have spoken! Y'all wanted a playlist of songs about immunology & vaccines 💉

I dedicate my list to the many immunologists & virologists who I've learned so much from during COVID-19, such as @VirusesImmunity @florian_krammer @andrew_croxford & @angie_rasmussen

We begin with a special track arising from a @PENamerica campaign:

"Antibodies" by Vietnamese songwriter/activist Mai Khôi & Lebanese vocalist Hamed Sinno

They "navigated profound risks to share their voices for the song" []

Next up: the Oakland, California-based band Tower of Power giving us "Soul Vaccination."

This track is from their 1973 self-titled 3rd album.

"Soul vaccination say roll up your sleeve
Cuz if you ain't buggin' you might still got the disease"


Read 11 tweets
7 Apr
And we're off!

Kudos to @malar0ne for organizing this.
First up: a discussion of the "let the virus" rip strategy pushed by the Great Barrington Declaration.

GBD wanted herd immunity from natural infection.
They influenced policy:

"From Oct 2020-Jan 2021, we allowed 270,000 people to die in the US," said Prof Lauren Ancel Meyers
Fascinating discussion of "overshoot," as described by @CT_Bergstrom & @nataliexdean. Prof Meyers says that Britain's strategy of regular testing is valuable in this context.…
Read 38 tweets
7 Apr
The American jazz trumpeter Freddie Hubbard was born on this day in 1938🎺

His beautiful music enriched our lives.

One of his masterpieces was Red Clay. I pay tribute by sharing my 5 favorite ever versions of this stone cold classic.

The original 1/5

Mark Murphy's vocal version 'On the Red Clay' is 🎆🎇🔥

From his '75 album Mark Murphy Sings.

Randy Brecker on🎺

"Scream door slappin' somewhere on a side porch
A sleepy morning way out in the boon docks
Stories are being told on the red clay"


Now a musical 'holy grail,' impossible to get hold of until Germany's Tramp Records reissued it.

This cover is by Gunn High School Jazz Reunion.

INTENSE soulful funk-adjacent jazz. That bass! The vocals by Randy Greer! Stanley Jordan guitar solo!

Read 5 tweets
6 Apr
Musical interlude.

I've been listening to a LOT of Abby Lincoln & Max Roach, one of the finest musical duos in history

It got me wondering: which other musicians who are/were in a romantic relationship produced great music? Let me know who I missed
Honestly, up there with Lincoln & Roach it HAS to be Doug & Jean Carn. Their 1973 album Revelation is one of my favorites of theirs. The title track is 🔥🔥🔥


Folks, I'm not going chronologically, I'm all over the map.

Next up is one of the world's best electronic duos, Matmos: Martin Schmidt & Drew Daniel.

I once interviewed them for a piece I wrote in @bmj_latest! (…)


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31 Mar
At the age of 80, Pharoah Sanders, one of the world's greatest living musicians, just released one of his finest ever albums, "Promises"

This got me wondering: who else born before 1950 is still crushing it musically?

A thread of 10 of my favorites 1/11
I had to start of course with Marshall Allen, who is 96. I saw him perform a few years ago with the Sun Ra Arkestra in London, @gillespeterson's Worldwide Awards. He was ON FIRE. In 2020 they put out a great new album (their first in over 20 years) 2/11
Am I the world's biggest Grace Jones fan or is it my kid brother, @YameyDesigns, who had posters of her all over his bedroom as a kid?

She's 72 & is rumored to be releasing a new album any day now. Her most recent album (her 10th), came out in 2008 3/11

Read 11 tweets
30 Mar
I gave a talk last night @DukeU on R&D for neglected diseases.

Mini-thread of reflections 🧵

20 years ago I teamed up with @ElsTorreele on an editorial for @bmj_latest called "The world's most neglected diseases" […]

Have things changed since then? 1/n
Yes, we still have a LONG way to go. Our team co-authored a new study of the pipeline of candidate products for neglected diseases. There are still VERY few candidates for diarrheal diseases, salmonella infections, helminths & kinetoplastid infections 2/n
BUT, there has been notable progress over the last 20 years:

💲 Since 2007, the research group @PCuresResearch has tracked annual financing of R&D for these diseases. In FY2007, there was $2.7B in funding. In FY2018, funding reached $4B, a new high. 3/n
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