Subscribe to our weekly International update on Health Policies
The weekly IHP newsletter offers a digest of key global health (policy, governance, research) reads.
Select a newsletter issue or browse the topics in the current issue.
This week’s short intro was written by IHP resident Sophie Vusha (EV 2013). Last week, she joined the IHP editorial team, and she will be with us till the end of November.
On 30th August, I left Kenya amidst the 6th (population & housing) census since independence, just one day before the end of this exercise. Given its importance for planning resources in the country, it’s no surprise the exercise has been highly politicized by some groups (across the political spectrum), even when the importance of the census was clearly explained by the government (see here). The Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS) reported that by now, over 95% of the population has been counted. Another notable achievement concerns the intersex people: for the first time, their data were collected as well – a major victory for the rights activists.
Besides the census, debates around the new wave of Mau forest evictions have hit the local media. Eviction of settlers in the Mau forest – with many settled there by the former government – is ongoing, and in spite of the commotion, the government is not relenting. The Mau Forest Complex (MFC) is known to be the largest water catchment in Kenya. The efforts to conserve the forest – the restoration of the MFC is a national priority now – are faced with resistance from politicians allied to the ethnic groups settled in the forest. Statements like the following are being made, “What does the forest far away got to do with the people in the city”? This heated discussion no doubt sounds familiar to participants in the debates at last week’s (3rd) Planetary Health Annual meeting in Stanford…
Over to my internship at ITM then. In the coming months, I will try to put into context some of these Kenyan and African issues, also with a view on the global health agenda. In addition, I intend to cover some global health (research & policy) conferences: among others, the ITM “Connecting the Dots” colloquium (9-10 Oct), and the World Health Summit in Berlin, end of October. I have already started processing the vast information covered in some of the most recent IHP newsletters. One of the issues I’m keen on following is “Malaria Eradication by 2050” (see the new Lancet Commission). Like the authors of this Commission, I’m hopeful it can and should be done. The sooner the better, actually.
Enjoy your reading.
The editorial team