on December 4, 2020
From where I sit (yes, I mostly sit these days, not in sort of a zen way, but behind my laptop, actually, in not exactly the most adventurous town in Belgium 😊), this week was marked by two common themes.
World AIDS Day, themed ‘global solidarity, shared responsibility’ this year, led to a number of pieces and reflections ‘drawing lessons from the HIV battle for the Covid pandemic’. Kent Buse et al’s (Devex) op-ed, “COVID-19 and the neo-public health movement — bringing back the public” (linked to the Call to reclaim comprehensive public health), was perhaps the most prominent case in point. (If you haven’t signed the call yet, please do so. )
Like probably most of you, I quite agree with their conclusion: “The COVID-19 pandemic has reinvigorated the conversation on what a 21st-century public health system should look like. Only a science-based public health movement rooted in public interest, based on the values of participation, transparency, and...