Trump’s presidency: a threat or an opportunity for global health?

Check out Dr. Greg Martin’s video on how Donald Trump’s presidency of the USA could potentially affect global health. War, climate change and mass migration, new pandemics, domestic protectionism; are we headed towards an unprecedented global health disaster, or does Trump’s inauguration provide opportunities for the USA to favourably affect the global health agenda? Read more…

World Mental Health Day: Stigmas surrounding depression

depressionYesterday was October 10th, a day which was dubbed World Mental Health Day. As a mental healthcare professional I embrace this initiative – a special day to emphasize the importance of mental health and wellbeing -, particularly due to the fact it signifies the launch of various initiatives to promote the international mental health agenda. For instance, the WHO is using World Mental Health Day 2016 to launch a 1-year campaign targeting depression. The aim here is to ensure that people suffering from depression seek and receive the support and treatment they need and to break through the stigmas which still surround mental illness in general and depression in particular. The campaign will be concluded 1 year from now on World Mental Health Day 2017. Read more…

This Week in Global Health and Dr. Greg Martin’s channel

Today we would like to highlight Dr. Greg Martin’s Youtube channel on global health and the TWiGH initiative. Dr. Greg Martin is a medical doctor with Master degrees in Public Health and Business Administration. He is an authority in the global health landscape and in past years he has devoted his time to make an intriguing series of online videos which are of great interest for any professional working in the field of global health / public health. Read more…

CDC in USA issues travel warning for pregnant women; Miami to be avoided due to Zika Virus

Mosquito exterminationFear for the Zika virus has moved the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to issue a negative travel advice for certain areas of Miami, Florida; pregnant women are advised to avoid parts of the city, while women who recently visited these areas of Miami are advised to not become pregnant in the coming months. If women who visited the area are already pregnant, they are advised to get tested. This event signifies a unique milestone in the history of the United States and the CDC; never before has a travel warning been issued for a destination within the country itself. Read more…

New study: Quality of long-term care in times of economic turmoil and population ageing

Long-term careReorganising the long-term care provision for older people is a pressing topic in Europe; populations are ageing, and with it long-term care demands are increasing. A new study has been published on the quality of long-term care in Belgium and the Netherlands, two countries that recently implemented substantial long-term care reforms in response to the economic crisis and the demographic transition. How have these reforms affected older people in need of care, but also their family members and healthcare professionals? The study focuses on the question how long-term care quality can be ensured in the light of the current demographic changes happening in Europe. Can the reforms in Belgium and the Netherlands serve as a good practice example for other European countries on how to structure and finance the long-term care provision? Read more…

United in Diversity?

13233185_1070086126384782_2121799154_nA week marked by Europe Day and the European Commission´s publication of the 2nd EU Health Programme´s evaluation report – Large scope, small focus, thin results?
Time for some critical discussion.

The 9th of May annually marks Europe Day; a day that celebrates peace and unity in the European Union. A day chosen wisely, reciting the anniversary of the Schuman Declaration, seen by many as the founding moment that created the base for what comprises the EU structure and function as we know it today. It was on the 9th of May 1950 that French foreign minister Robert Schuman announced his vision of making another war between nations in Europe unimaginable in the future, and therewith proposed a new form of political cooperation, through a historical declaration, better known as the Schuman Declaration. Read more…

Field mission: Republic of the Congo

OperationMbomo is a district in the Cuvette-Ouest Region in the western part of the Republic of the Congo. Judging from statistics from the Unicef vaccination programme and local demographic researchers, the Mbomo district had a population of approximately 9,347 inhabitants at the start of 2016. As Mbomo covers quite a vast area, this corresponds to a very low population density. The landscape mainly consists of dense jungle, and spread out in the jungle of the Mbomo district are numerous small primitive villages. Read more…

Migrant and Minority Health Seminar – an update

seminarFrom April 3rd to 9th, a seminar on migrant and minority health, organized by the Open Medical Institute from the American-Austrian Foundation and Open Society Foundations, Public Health Reviews and ASPHER, took place  in Salzburg, Austria. A member of europeanpublichealth.com joined this event, presenting a Master Thesis Project that focused on exploring links between migration, ethnicity and drug use. Read more…

Reflection: The EU’s activities in 2015

European CommissionThe European Commission has published a report summarising the European Union’s activities and achievements in 2015. President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker reflects on 2015 as being a year where the world closely watched the EU and how it dealt with a series of unprecedented crises, such as the terrorist attacks in Paris in January and November and the massive influx of refugees from Africa and the Middle East. Juncker furthermore states that other important developments that characterise 2015 include the financial and political instability of Greece, unacceptably high unemployment rates throughout the EU and the fact that 195 countries reached political agreement and adopted the first ever universal, legally binding deal to address climate change.  Read more…