2020: a Year in Review through PEAH Contributors’ Takes

Authoritative insights by 2020 PEAH contributors added steam to debate on how to settle the conflicting issues that still impair equitable access to health by discriminated population settings worldwide

by  Daniele Dionisio*

PEAH – Policies for Equitable Access to Health

2020: a Year in Review through PEAH Contributors’ Takes


Now that ill-fated 2020 just went by – and all of us hope we can finally put its COVID nightmare on the back burner – let me express deep gratitude to the top thinkers, stakeholders and academics who generously contributed articles over the year. Their enthusiasm and commitment meant a lot to PEAH scope and aims, while adding steam to debate on how to settle the conflicting issues that still impair equitable access to health by discriminated population settings worldwide.

Find out below the relevant links:

Fair Research Contracting – Key to Promoting Solidarity for Science and Development in a post-COVID-19 World by Carel IJsselmuiden, Kirsty Kaiser, Abigail Wilkinson, Farirai Mutenherwa 

Covid-19 VIRAT and VRAF Country Assessment Tool: The Need of the Hour by Tanushree Mondal 

Rebuilding Trust and Compassion in a Covid-19 World by George Lueddeke

The Case for Relational Quality Improvement in Health by Maria Kordowicz

Access to Opioid Analgesics for Medical Purposes: a Global Unbalance by Raffaella Ravinetto 

Economic Growth, Accessibility, and COVID-19: a Policy Analysis Examining a Decade of Greater Alcohol Liberalization in Ontario by Yipeng Ge, Elspeth McTavish, Rohit Vijh, Lawrence Loh 

Whistling Past the Graveyard of Dreams: Hard Truths About the Likely Post-Pandemic World by Ted Schrecker 

The State of Oregon’s COVID-19 Response by Susan M. Severance 

Rapid Assessment on the Impact of COVID-19 among Female Sex Workers, Adolescent Girls and Young Women, and Women Living with HIV & AIDS in Uganda by AWAC-Alliance of Women Advocating for Change 

The Effects of the COVID-19 Pandemic on the Health Service Delivery Systems in Uganda by Zziwa Joshua and Bukenya Denis Joseph 

Politics and the Myths Around COVID-19 Pandemic Affecting the Right to Health by Bukenya Denis Joseph and Zziwa Joshua 

Africa’s Innovative COVID-19 Response: The Africa Medical Supplies Platform by Chiamaka P. Ojiako 

Barriers For Migrants by Chamid Sulchan

Migrants in Need: COVID-19 and the Impact on Labor Migrants’ Health, Income, Food and Travel by Olga Shelevakho and Helena Arntz

Toto Care Box: Enhancing Maternal and Newborn Health in Kenya by Reagun Andera Odhiambo

Contribution of the COVID-19 Crisis to Teenage Pregnancy Upsurge: a Case of Mukuru Kayaba Slums, Nairobi Kenya by Reagun Andera Odhiambo 

Substantial Aspects of Health Equity During and After COVID-19 Pandemic: A Critical Review by Erfan Shamsoddin 

The Future Path of U.S. Clinical Research: Bridging Geographic Diversity by Nicole Jarosinski

How to Survive COVID-19: Now and the Future by Subhash Hira, Sudhanshu Malhotra, Santosh Gupta, Kaamila Patherya 

An Economic Prescription for U.S. Healthcare: On Combining Capitalism, Socialism and Sports Competition by Larry J. Pipes 

On Reforming U.S. Healthcare by Larry J. Pipes 

Health Care Reform in The United States: a Call to Action by Susan M. Severance

Labour Migrants in Russia and their Needs by Chamid Sulchan 

How Prepared is Africa for the COVID-19 Pandemic Response? The Case of Ethiopia by Garumma Tolu Feyissa, Lemi Belay Tolu, Alex Ezeh 

Financing Biologic Product in Canada by Malek Ayoub 

Diseases Are Neglected by the Pharmaceutical Industry by Luciana M.N. Lopes and Alan Rossi Silva 

Reflections on the COVID-19 Crisis: Smart Lockdown by Muhammad Usman Khan 

Back to Basics – Lessons Learnt from COVID-19 Pandemic by Meenakumari Natarajan 

Postscript – The World at Risk: Covid-19, Global Sustainability and 1 HOPE by George Lueddeke 

No Exit? The United Kingdom’s Probable Russian Future by Ted Schrecker 

COVID-19 Impact on the Pharmaceutical Industry: Major Challenges and the Way Forward by Aboli Mandurnekar 

Implications of Covid-19 Pandemic on Health Systems by Francisco Becerra-Posada 

Interventions to Curb Covid-19 Spread in a Low-Income Country: Feasibility Challenges by Gertrude Masembe 

Plague and Depression in the Just-In-Time World by Ted Schrecker 

Pharmaceutical Business in Somalia by Mohamed Said Alì 

The World at Risk: Covid-19, Global Sustainability and 1 HOPE by George Lueddeke 

Il Rischio ed i Danni dell’Amianto nella Società, nei Media e nella Letteratura di Francesco Carnevale 

Increasing Uptake of Vasectomy as a Family Planning Method in Uganda by Amon Mulyowa 

Ten Propositions for Global Sustainability by George Lueddeke 


Public Health or Poverty Alleviation? What are Mosquito Nets for? by Gertrude Masembe 

Assessment of Private Wing in Public Hospitals: The Case of St. Paul Hospital Millennium Medical College, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia by Fitsum Girma Habte, Yemisirach Abeje, Girmaye Tamrat Bogale 

Coronavirus – Early Responses by Rosemary Barber-Madden 

Development Cooperation: Concerns and Emerging Challenges by Michael Ssemakula 

HIV Is Not a Verdict: I Love Every Minute of My Life by Olga Shelevakho 

The University in the early Decades of the Third Millennium: Saving the World from itself? by George Lueddeke 

Mitigating and Adapting to the Effects of Climate Change on Health in the Suburbs Through Adaptations in the Built Environment by Debbie Brace, Vanessa Kishimoto, Michelle A. Quaye, Mike Benusic, Louise Aubin, Lawrence C. Loh 

Making Nutrition and Health More Equitable within Inequitable Societies by Claudio Schuftan 

The contributions highlighted above add to PEAH internal posts published throughout the year. Find the links below:

LA SANITA’ AI TEMPI DEL CORONAVIRUS di Marco Geddes da Filicaia review by Daniele Dionisio

Italy Experience with COVID-19 by Daniele Dionisio

Interview to Ms. Gloria Nirere, Menstrual Health Management Trainer in Uganda by Daniele Dionisio

Moreover, as part of PEAH scope and aims, the column titled Focus on: Uganda’s Health Issues continued to serve as an observatory of challenging health issues in Uganda from a comprehensive view encompassing the policies, strategies and practices of all involved actors. 

In the meantime, our weekly page PEAH News Flash has been serving as a one year-long point of reference for PEAH contents, while turning the spotlight on the latest challenges by trade and governments rules to the equitable access to health in resource-limited settings.

Eventually, a new  PEAH: In the Public Eye column was set up during the year  as a gathering place for PEAH quotations from everywhere.


*Daniele Dionisio is a member of the European Parliament Working Group on Innovation, Access to Medicines and Poverty-Related Diseases. Former director of the Infectious Disease Division at the Pistoia City Hospital (Italy), Dionisio is Head of the research project  PEAH – Policies for Equitable Access to Health. He may be reached at: 

d.dionisio@tiscali.it  https://twitter.com/DanieleDionisio https://www.linkedin.com/in/daniele-dionisio-67032053  https://www.facebook.com/PEAH51/?modal=admin_todo_tour


PEAH collaborates with a number of non-profit entities. These include, among others:


G2H2Geneva Global Health Hub 

CEHURD – Center for Human Rights and Development 

Center for the History of Global Development 

Viva Salud 

Asia Catalyst 



The 53rd Week Ltd 


Social Medicine Portal 

Health as if Everibody Counted 

COHRED’s Research Fairness Initiative (RFI) 

AFEW International 


Medicines and Ethics, Institute of Tropical Medicine, Antwerp

Alliance of Women Advocating for Change (AWAC)