Why We Need Collaboration and a New Mindset to Prevent the Next Big Disaster

Hurricane Harvey devastated Houston in what is being called the worst storm in US history, and Hurricane Irma battered the Caribbean and Florida immediately after. More than 1,200 people died in India and Bangladesh during the heaviest monsoon rainfall in more than 15 years. Hundreds more were killed when a mudslide caused by heavy rains […]

Connecting Climate Change and Health for Better Development

Climate change is already having real, measurable impacts on human health, and those impacts are expected to grow. Low- and middle-income countries are seeing the worst effects as they are most vulnerable to climate shifts and least able to adapt given weak health systems and poor infrastructure. The good news is that the cumulative impacts […]

Why President Trump’s Withdrawal from the Paris Agreement May Actually Help the Planet

As embarrassing as it is to witness the United States pulling out of the Paris agreement on climate change, this move has instigated a much-needed boost for those of us who want to make our planet great again. Overnight, it has become a rallying cry, drawing together nations and people from all walks of life […]

Turning Hardship to Strength – the Promise of Planetary Health

I have to be honest, working in global health and development can be depressing. Thinking of the magnitude of the global problems we face, combined with Western world shifts towards nationalism and populism, I can barely see a light at the end of the tunnel. When these moments of doubt hit, I remind myself that […]

Preparing for Future Global Health Emergencies

On March 13–14, Chatham House and the Graduate Institute Geneva-Global Health Centre hosted a roundtable meeting on preparedness for global health crises. Representatives from WHO and the UN, including member states, global health and development agencies, foundations, academia, and non-profit initiatives shared their work and experiences on monitoring preparedness for outbreaks and other public health […]

Offline: Planetary health—the great acceleration

“Eviscerate it!” Laurie Garrett was at her most pugnacious. She was speaking last week at the New York headquarters of the Rockefeller Foundation. Her subject was Planetary Health 2.0 and her target was the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), specifically its work on health. Yes, humans are of course sensitive to weather. Yes, existing […]

One Health and the Evolving Discipline of Planetary Health

Human health and the state of our environment are inter-connected: the relationship is set out in the concepts of One Health and Planetary Health. WHO helps health professionals tackle such complex issues. In these notes I reflect on links between people’s health and the planet. I describe two different kinds of threat to health. First: […]

Think Boldly and Act Globally – Why I Started Panorama

“Change starts with ordinary people doing extraordinary things. The path to the extraordinary is open to anybody at any time.” ~Larry Brilliant, physician, technologist, philanthropist I first discovered this truth early in my career, when I returned to the United States from a development fellowship in Zambia. I was all fired up and ready to […]

Why 2017 May Be the Best Year Ever

There’s a broad consensus that the world is falling apart, with every headline reminding us that life is getting worse. Except that it isn’t. In fact, by some important metrics, 2016 was the best year in the history of humanity. And 2017 will probably be better still. How can this be? I’m as appalled as […]

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