IHP news #495 (November 2, 2018)

First WHO Global Conference on Air Pollution and Health

By on November 2, 2018



Dear Colleagues,

With the exception of the First WHO Global Conference on Air Pollution and Health in Geneva (31 Oct-1 Nov), this has been a fairly quiet week in global health. Politically, it’s a different story, as you know. The world seems to be moving faster than expected from right-wing xenophobic populism to fascism.  I’m probably not the only person wondering whether ‘partnerships’ and SDG ‘win-wins’ will be possible in such a world. But I hope there’ll be some better news on 6 November.   My faith in humanity tells me that at some point Drumpf’s luck has to run out.

This week’s issue features two short editorials, one by Deepika Saluja (IHP resident) who just attended the air pollution & health conference in Geneva, the other by Bart Criel (ITM) who reflects on a recent ITM symposium on 40 years Alma Ata (which took place a few days before Astana), and his participation in the “real” Astana conference.  Do also read my colleagues’ Willem & Werner’s complementary take on the ITM symposium, The ITM symposium on 40 years PHC: is there a doctor in the house? (on IHP)  Given their age, they have earned the right to be grumpy : )

Enjoy your reading.

Kristof Decoster



(you find the pdf of the newsletter here: IHPn495 )

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