David McCoy is the evidence to policy research lead at the United Nations University’s International Institute for Global Health (UNU-IIGH) based in Malaysia. Prior to this he was Professor of Global Public Health at Queen Mary University London, and before that he was Director of Medact, a UK-based global health charity that grew out of the medical peace movement of the 1950s and 1960s. He has spent many years as a public health practitioner in the UK, as well as in South Africa where he worked for the Health Systems Trust supporting the post-apartheid transformation and strengthening of the health system. He started off his work life as a medical doctor working as a clinician in both the UK and South Africa, before ending up in public health. He has a masters in maternal and child health from the University of Cape Town and a doctorate in public health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. He initiated and co-managed the publication of the first two Global Health Watch books (also known as alternative world health reports) and currently advises the Centre for Health in the Public Interest, an independent think tank promoting a vision of health and social care based on accountability and the public interest in the UK.