The first half of December always feels a bit as if the global health community wants to hit the accelerator one more time before the end of the year, probably realizing, “hey, ‘Health for All’ has not been realized yet, and we’re already end of 2018!” This year, however, that seems even more the case, with among others, this weekend the G20 summit in Argentina for the first time coinciding with World Aids Day (1 Dec). In the run-up to COP24 in Katowice, Poland, the planetary health folks (and the rest of the world) received some further warning (if still needed), both from a new UNEP report (the already immortal one-liner of a spokesperson said it all, “If the IPCC report represented a global fire alarm, this report is the arson investigation”) and the 2018 Lancet Countdown on Health and Climate Change report. While the world is severely lagging behind in its response to climate breakdown, ‘Just Transition’ is fast becoming a buzzword. For good reason, obviously, although not everybody is on the same page when it comes to defining it.
Earlier this week, BMJ started a very insightful collection of articles looking back at global health disruptors of the past two decades and looking forward at what will shape global health in the future. Feels like a very timely series, to say the least. In this issue, we also pay attention to the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women (25 November), the international commotion on the genome-edited baby, the Implant Files, a GAVI Board meeting, encouraging news on PEPFAR,… Meanwhile, some of you are no doubt already gearing up for UHC Day (12 December).
This week’s Featured article comes from Sana Contractor (EV 2016). I’m sure you still remember her from, among others, her incisive participation in the closing plenary panel at the Liverpool symposium.
Enjoy your reading.
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