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Pascale Allotey: Treat people, not disease

BMJ 2019; 364 doi: (Published 23 January 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;364:l221
Duncan Smith


Pascale Allotey is director of the United Nations University International Institute for Global Health, based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Born in Morocco to Ghanaian parents, she trained as a nurse, midwife, and public health nurse and completed a masters and PhD in public health and medical anthropology at the University of Western Australia. She has worked in Africa, Asia, Australia, and the UK, where she spent several years at Brunel University as professor of race, diversity, and professional practice. Her research focuses on health equity, human rights, and the gender and social determinants of health.

What was your earliest ambition?

To be a singer—and a nurse or medical practitioner.

What was your best career move?

Moving out of clinical practice into public health …

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