IHP news #526 (June 14, 2019)

More Ebola worries

By on June 14, 2019



Dear Colleagues,

I’ll keep it short in this week’s intro as we have two incisive editorials reflecting on last week’s Women Deliver conference in Vancouver, by Sumedha Sharma  (EV 2016) &  Maggie Woo Kinshella   respectively.

Just flagging that Men’s Health Week is being celebrated (10-16 June) this week, themed ‘know your numbers’ (and no, I don’t mean the Raptors’ NBA score of last night 😊). As you no doubt already know, there was unfortunate news from the DRC, where Ebola, at last,  crossed the border with Uganda. Later today, WHO convenes an emergency panel of outside experts to advise Dr. Tedros on whether the outbreak should be declared a public health emergency of international concern. Guess this (third) time they’ll finally go for out.  We also pay attention to the inaugural Global Health Forum of the Boao Forum for Asia (quite a mouthful, I know) in Qingdao, China. If I remember well, they have good German beer over there, but that would be ‘partnering under the influence’ 😊.  In Japan, a rather important G20 Forum of Ministers of Finance started the BEPS 2.0 process on fairer global taxation in earnest, but also paid quite some attention to UHC, unfortunately with the fingerprints of the private sector all over it (probably due to pressure from the US & WB). In Geneva, the Centenary International Labour Conference   is being celebrated, with still no decent work and social justice for all in sight (we ‘Health for All by 2000’ people can surely empathize), in times that are probably more worrying than ever for this ‘World parliament of labour’. Plenty of dire planetary health news again this week, as usual (with among others shocking dengue projections for the latter half of this century), but there was also some encouraging LGBT rights news from Botswana. As always, this newsletter also provides you with updates on global health actors & publications – we already want to draw your attention to one in particular, a Lancet systematic review & meta-analysis on mental health in conflict settings.

The quote of the week came from Rutger Bregman: “We cannot afford to be moderate” [i.e. in our times, where the planet has entered   “a new climate regime” (the Earth’s version of George Bush sr.’s ‘A New World Order’), and WHO reckons that large Ebola outbreaks are the “new normal”… ].  When it comes to geopolitics, though, moderation is probably what we need these days.

Enjoy your reading.

Kristof Decoster




(you find the pdf of the full newsletter here: IHPn526 )

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