Even if resurrection is not really your thing, on Monday mornings or otherwise, we hope you spent some time with your beloved ones during the long Easter Weekend and made some time for reflection and nature. The more anxious types among you might have enjoyed pondering the many ‘black holes’ in their lives and/or state of the planet. Anyhow, it’s back to normal now, as the global health world is already slowly gearing up for the 72nd World Health Assembly (end of May), and everything (in terms of side events, briefings, high-level advocacy, …) that goes with it. Put differently, #WHA72 is Coming… Given the dire state of the planet, we hope Greta Thunberg will be this year’s special guest in Geneva. Far more people in global health should join her ‘apocalyptic cult’, certainly in global health power corridors.
This newsletter issue will also zoom in on World Malaria Day (including the piloting of a landmark vaccine in Malawi, a fascinating FT Health Special report on combating malaria, and a new grassroots campaign, ‘Zero Malaria starts with me’ ), the 2nd Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation in Beijing, yet another worrying AMR market failure episode (and other access to medicines news, including the scale up of drone delivery in Ghana, via Zipline, in an encouraging development at the start of World Immunization Week), going from bad to worse in the Ebola DRC outbreak, the Trump administration’s undermining of SRHR in the Security Council, health system experts from Africa sounding the alarm on the growing fragility in Francophone Africa, more analysis of the FfD & Fair Pricing Fora, World Earth Day ( with also a call for clinicians to act on planetary health – I humbly suggest they start with ditching their Aston Martins, Ferraris and Maseratis 🙂 ) ‘activist editor’ Richard Horton getting a (thoroughly deserved) Roux prize for a lifetime achievement in population health, IHME’s annual Financing Global Health report, the first ever international day of multilateralism, and much, much more.
Enjoy your reading.
(you find the pdf of the full newsletter here: IHPn519 )