News Flash 556: Weekly Snapshot of Public Health Challenges

News Flash Links, as part of the research project PEAH (Policies for Equitable Access to Health), aim to focus on the latest challenges by trade and governments rules to equitable access to health in resource-limited settings

An odd couple

Cleaver wrasse (Xyrichtys novacula) – Striped red mullet (Mullus surmuletus)

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Weekly Snapshot of Public Health Challenges


Live webcast here of the 22–27 January 2024 deliberations of WHO 154th Executive Board session

MSF statement on EB 154/11 – Road map for neglected tropical diseases 2021-2030

MSF statement on EB154/7 – Follow up to the political declaration of the third high-level meeting of the General Assembly on the prevention and control of non-communicable diseases (NCDs)

MSF statement on EB 154/13 – Antimicrobial resistance (AMR): accelerating national and global responses

MSF statement on EB154/10 – End TB Strategy

MSF statement on EB 154/9 – Immunization Agenda 2030

Global pandemic agreement at risk of falling apart, WHO warns

‘Lies’ and Entrenched Positions Undermine WHO Pandemic Negotiations

Five Things We Need to See in the Pandemic Accord

MPP: 100 Days Mission Implementation Report – IPP Secretariat (IPPS)

Medicines Law & Policy responds to US Health and Human Services Department request for comments on draft WHO Pandemic Agreement

Documentation of the series of public briefings and policy debates hosted by the Geneva Global Health Hub (G2H2), 15-19 January 2024, ahead of WHO EB 154

Perchè bombardare gli ospedali di Gaza?

Davos Dispatch: What’s next for the Green Climate Fund?

Davos short on climate pledges, but sparks talks on tech, soil, health

At Davos: USAID Launches New Initiative to Tackle Global Plague of Lead Poisoning

The US Government Wants to Make the World Lead-Free: Why That’s a Big Deal, and How We Can Make It Happen

Diagnosing Paediatric TB: Challenges and Needs

Cameroon launches historic malaria vaccine rollout

Dengue fever: the tropical disease spreading across Europe

Tackling Bias, Inequality, Lack of Privacy – New WHO Guidelines on AI Ethics and Governance are Released

AI risks in global health ‘must be accounted for’ – WHO

Unsafe abortion remains a problem in South Korea, in spite of the recent decriminalization

Unreliable Mass Transit and American Public Health

What’s Next For Public Health?

Unpaid carers: a silent workforce

Climate-resilient seeds offer farmers in Syria a path to food security

Carbon pricing for agriculture key to cutting emissions, say EU climate advisers

Edinburgh approves Plant Based Treaty action plan

Matchmaking for Green Cities? Accelerating Climate Finance in Urban Areas

Palau Becomes First Nation To Ratify UN High Seas Treaty








News Flash 555: Weekly Snapshot of Public Health Challenges

News Flash Links, as part of the research project PEAH (Policies for Equitable Access to Health), aim to focus on the latest challenges by trade and governments rules to equitable access to health in resource-limited settings

LIPARI island, Italy

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Vacancy: Senior Project Officer Gender Advisor

To Build A Culture Of Health, We Must See How Culture Shapes Health

A Time to Choose: Utopia vs Dystopia? Democracy is Key

The development stories we’re watching at Davos 2024

Inequality Inc

Enough with the gloom. It’s time for humanitarians to tell a more realistic story

Cutting Through the Noise: Using AI for Development and Humanitarian Programs

MSF calls on European Parliament and Council to lift export prohibition in Union compulsory license

People’s Health Dispatch Bulletin #67: One hundred days of attacks on health in Gaza 

Shaping the future of global access to safe, effective, appropriate and quality health products

A new industrial deal to guarantee availability of critical medicines

WHO certifies Cabo Verde as malaria-free, marking a historic milestone in the fight against malaria

Ultrasensitive tools ‘detect asymptomatic malaria’

COVID Vaccines in European Region Reduced Mortality by 57%; WHO Warns of Waning Vigilance Regarding Virus Threats

Lessons For Global Health From COVID-19: Views From Sub-Saharan Africa

Complacency Has Replaced Alarm in the Newest COVID Surge

The U.S. Government and Global Tuberculosis Efforts

Efficacy and safety of fexinidazole for treatment of chronic indeterminate Chagas disease (FEXI-12): a multicentre, randomised, double-blind, phase 2 trial

Advancing the “sexual” in sexual and reproductive health and rights: a global health, gender equality and human rights imperative

Here’s How We Can Improve Women’s Participation in International Trade For Economic Prosperity

WHO launches appeal for US$ 1.5 billion for key emergencies in 2024

Preventing famine and deadly disease outbreak in Gaza requires faster, safer aid access and more supply routes

Hunger, drought, child mortality in Africa fall out of focus

Africa: COP28 Just About Put Food Systems On the Climate Agenda. Now We Build

Ethiopia: Four Million Ethiopians On the Brink As Food Crises Escalate

Tobacco use declines despite tobacco industry efforts to jeopardize progress

World added 50% more renewable energy but more needed: IEA

Love For Future Generations Motivates People to Support Climate Action

World Bank chief predicts climate push can survive Trump

Climate advisors identify main gaps in EU’s post-2030 climate policy





News Flash 554: Weekly Snapshot of Public Health Challenges

News Flash Links, as part of the research project PEAH (Policies for Equitable Access to Health), aim to focus on the latest challenges by trade and governments rules to equitable access to health in resource-limited settings

Smooth tubeworm (Protula tubularia)

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Weekly Snapshot of Public Health Challenges


SOAIDS Nederland Vacancy: Project Officer – grant and request for proposals management. You can apply until the 26th of January by uploading your motivation letter and cv on our application

A global development wake-up call in 2024


2023: A Year in Review Through PEAH Contributors’ Takes  by Daniele Dionisio

Meeting registration: G2H2 policy debates ahead of WHO EB154

Tackling the crisis of the Italian National Health Fund

People’s Health Dispatch Bulletin #66: 2023’s end sees health struggles in Palestine, South Korea, Brazil

What next for Africa’s revamped health institutions?

What do we know about health spending in sub-Saharan Africa?

From Decision to Action: The Africa Epidemics Fund

Colonisation and its aftermath: reimagining global surgery

The health dimensions of violence in Palestine: a call to prevent genocide

The Pandemic as Tipping Point, Revisited  by Ted Schrecker

COVID-19 human challenge trials and randomized controlled trials: lessons for the next pandemic

What to Know About JN.1, the Latest Omicron Variant

Gavi Board must make catch-up vaccination a priority when allocating leftover COVAX money

Gamal Shiha: eliminating hepatitis C

Scientists hail new antibiotic that can kill drug-resistant bacteria

Drug resistance, HIV hampering fight against tuberculosis in Moldova

Uptake of orphan drugs in the WHO essential medicines lists

Neglected Tropical Diseases: Lessons for Future Pandemics and Global Health Preparedness  by Kirubel Workiye Gebretsadik

Securing access to essential medicines in  Europe – Unpacking the potential of the EU List of Critical Medicines

Addressing tobacco industry influence in tobacco-growing countries

Women with disability battle sexual health challenges


There’s no such thing as social cohesion! What aid actors need to understand about the social relations of displaced people

Vietnam’s ‘broken bears’

France drops renewables targets, prioritises nuclear in new energy bill

Gigantic solar farms of the future might impact how much solar power can be generated on the other side of the world

Poland’s Clean Household Energy Initiative Should Save Over 21 000 Deaths Annually from Air Pollution by 2030

Cooperative Farming Makes Bangladesh’s Coastal Women Farmers Climate-Resilient

Mixed Results from India’s Five-Year Campaign to Cut Air Pollution






The Pandemic as Tipping Point, Revisited

Editor's note

Insightful reflections here by professor Theodore Schrecker, whereby new arguments add to perception, as highlighted in a two-part blog recently published on PEAH, that Covid-19 pandemic just represented a tipping point into a new normal of even greater inequality, with predictably negative effects on health

By Ted Schrecker

Emeritus Professor of Global Health Policy at Population Health Sciences Institute, Newcastle University

The Pandemic as Tipping Point, Revisited


The headline of a May, 2023 New York Times story about the fate of the United States policy response to the Covid-19 pandemic read: “The U.S. Built a European-Style Welfare State. It’s Largely Over.”  The headline succinctly captures the speed with which economic and social policy has returned to business as usual, even more quickly than was the case after the 2007-2008 financial crisis.  What once seemed promising opportunities to “build back better” – rhetoric that was adopted by the Biden White House, among others – have now been abandoned, with the partial exception of some countries’ green industrial policies.  Even these appear largely confined to writing large cheques to transnational corporations.

In spring of 2023, I wrote a two-part post in which I predicted that the pandemic was likely to represent a tipping point into a new normal of even greater inequality, with predictably negative effects on health.  The tipping point concept is most familiar from the science of global environmental change, but has broader applicability.  On one definition, “a tipping point is a threshold at which small quantitative changes in the system trigger a non-linear change process that is driven by system-internal feedback mechanisms and inevitably leads to a qualitatively different state of the system, which is often irreversible.”  An academic version of the argument in my spring post, with updated and more extensive documentation, has now been published in Health and Human Rights Journal, as part of a special section on inequality and the human right to health.

In the article, I focus on three aspects of the post-pandemic world.  The first is the extreme concentration of wealth at the top of national and global economic distributions, and the corollary influence of the ultra-wealthy.  Well before the pandemic Brooke Harrington, a sociologist who trained as a financial adviser to the one percent as part of her research, warned that “many countries are already more receptive and accessible to wealth managers, who are acting on behalf of the world’s richest people, than they are to elected representatives from their own governments …. [T]he high-net-worth individuals of the world are largely ungoverned, and ungovernable.”  The pandemic has only magnified their influence, by making them even richer.

The second is the accumulation of wealth across a broader stratum of the population, leading to what one important recent article describes as “a much wider middle-class politics of asset appreciation – a politics that has come to centre on housing in particular” and has its origins in the financialization of housing after the 2007-2008 crisis.  Above and beyond short-term effects on political allegiances, this will have knock-on effects on inequality as, for example, the US$6 trillion added to the housing wealth of US households during the pandemic is transferred intergenerationally.  For those not benefiting from growing housing wealth, a crisis of housing affordability that was already evident in much of the world pre-pandemic threatens to last for a generation, in many cases compounding insecurities related to employment.

A third element is the persistence of neoliberal or market fundamentalist ideology, which acts as a straitjacket on economic and social policy by limiting what is thinkable in the policy universe.  Thus, even parties on the electoral left are largely silent on the topic of improving the progressivity of taxation, and many have conspicuously rejected any form of wealth tax, even though economists including the 2023 winner of the American Economic Association’s John Bates Clark medal have convincingly refuted claims that such a tax would be difficult to implement.   An intriguing and promising exception to neoliberal hegemony on tax matters is the global minimum corporate tax agreement in which more than 130 countries have sought to reduce corporate tax avoidance.  Implementation is scheduled to begin in 2024, but as the Economist drily noted, “the fanfare” when it was announced “underplayed quite how much of the nitty-gritty was still to be worked out”.  The agreement’s effectiveness hinges on consistent national implementation, which is hard to envision in the context of (for example) a probable second Trump presidency.  Meanwhile, roadblocks to more progressive taxation of other kinds probably mean the end of viable tax-funded universal health coverage in countries like Canada and the United Kingdom, where underfunded care provision is in a state of deepening crisis doggedly ignored by the political class.

It is now more than 15 years since the WHO’s Commission on Social Determinants of Health began its landmark report by observing that “unequal distribution of health-damaging experiences is not in any sense a ‘natural’ phenomenon but is the result of a toxic combination of poor social policies and programmes, unfair economic arrangements, and bad politics.”  Reference to social determinants of health in the research literature has blossomed (Figure 1), but the bad politics seem if anything more entrenched than ever.  Few political actors share the clarity and commitment of Boston’s Ayanna Pressley in the 2018 election campaign that took her to the US House of Representatives:

“Today, when you board the [Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority’s] number 1 bus in Cambridge, it’s less than three miles to Dudley Station in Roxbury, but by the time you’ve made the 30-minute trip, the median household income in the neighbourhoods around you have dropped by nearly $50,000 a year.  As the bus rolls through Back Bay, the average person around you might expect to live until he or she is 92 years old, but when it arrives in Roxbury, the average life expectancy has fallen by as much as 30 years. …. These types of disparities exist across the 7th District, and they are not naturally occurring; they are the legacy of decades of policies that have hardened systemic racism, increased income inequality, and advantaged the affluent.”

What to do about those policies is the challenge, made more formidable than ever by various ways in which the pandemic ratcheted up economic inequality and made yet more resources available to the wealthy promoters of “zombie neoliberalism.”


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The Covid-19 Pandemic as Tipping Point (Part 2)

The Covid-19 Pandemic as Tipping Point (Part 1)

Globalization and Health: Looking Backward, Looking Forward

New Year, New Lockdown in the United Kingdom: ‘The Great Deception’

No Exit? The United Kingdom’s Probable Russian Future

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

Plague and Depression in the Just-In-Time World

Why No Talk of an Inequality Emergency?

Revelation! The International Monetary Fund Discovers Tax Avoidance and Capital Flight

‘Lifestyle Drift’, Air Pollution and the World Health Organization

Public Finance and Public Health

What Public Health Policy Can Learn from the Murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman

On Health Inequalities, Davos, and Deadly Neoliberalism

Environment and Health in the Anthropocene

Brexit can be Hazardous to our Health

‘Neoliberal Epidemics’ in Global Context

NTDs: Lessons for Future Pandemics and Global Health Preparedness

Editor's note

Since the COVID-19 pandemic took everyone off guard, it is imperative that everyone be prepared for global health emergencies. Notwithstanding, before to the advent of COVID-19, millions of individuals in developing nations were silently afflicted by neglected tropical diseases (NTDs). Resilient people are severely impacted by these illnesses, which are frequently ignored by more well-known health issues. The lessons that neglected tropical diseases can impart to us about pandemic preparedness and future outbreaks will be discussed in this blog article. We can enhance our ability to respond to future health emergencies and guarantee the health and well-being of people everywhere by being aware of the difficulties associated with managing NTDs and the tactics used to deal with them

By Kirubel Workiye Gebretsadik

Medical Doctor, Ras Desta Damtew Memorial Hospital

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia  

  Neglected Tropical Diseases: Lessons for Future Pandemics and Global Health Preparedness


The World Health Organization (WHO) continues to work towards the ultimate goal of a world free of the burden of neglected tropical diseases (NTDs). These goals encompass a vision of a world population for whom equality of opportunity and of health are fundamental. This work is described in the NTD road map 2021–2030(1,2).

Understanding neglected tropical diseases (NTDs)

Neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) are a group of infectious diseases that predominantly affect the world’s poorest populations in tropical and subtropical regions. Despite their devastating impact on individuals and communities, NTDs often do not receive the same attention and resources as other global health issues. However, the lessons learned from addressing NTDs can provide valuable insights for future pandemics and global health preparedness. One key aspect of understanding NTDs is recognizing their diverse nature(3). NTDs encompass a wide range of diseases, including dengue fever, leprosy, lymphatic filariasis, and schistosomiasis, among others. These diseases are often intertwined with poverty and lack of access to clean water, sanitation, and healthcare. Understanding the complex socio-economic factors that contribute to the spread and persistence of NTDs is crucial in developing effective strategies to combat them. Another important aspect of NTDs is their impact on marginalized communities. These diseases disproportionately affect vulnerable populations, such as rural communities, and those living in remote areas with limited healthcare infrastructure(4). The burden of NTDs continues to be unequally borne by a small number of countries: 16 countries bear 80% of this burden. Slower than expected progress in high burden countries, uneven progress across certain of the 20 diseases and disease groups, persistent underlying risk factors (poverty, climate change) and rapid population growth are all threats to achieving the 2030 targets within the defined timescales(5). By addressing NTDs, we can learn valuable lessons about the importance of equity and inclusivity in global health interventions. Moreover, the control and elimination of NTDs require a multi-sectoral approach. Collaboration between governments, non-governmental organizations, academia, and industry is essential in developing innovative solutions, implementing preventive measures, and delivering effective treatments. This multidisciplinary approach can serve as a blueprint for future pandemics, emphasizing the need for cooperation and coordination across various sectors and stakeholders. Furthermore, NTDs highlight the significance of community engagement and empowerment. Local communities play a critical role in disease prevention, early detection, and treatment adherence. Empowering communities with knowledge, resources, and tools can enhance their capacity to tackle NTDs and can be applied to promote community resilience during pandemics. In conclusion, understanding neglected tropical diseases provides valuable insights and lessons for future pandemics and global health preparedness. By recognizing the diverse nature of NTDs, addressing their impact on marginalized communities, adopting a multi-sectoral approach, and engaging with local communities, we can strengthen our capacity to mitigate the impact of diseases and ensure a more equitable and resilient global health system.

Lessons for global health preparedness

The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the need of being prepared for global health emergencies and the necessity of developing efficient methods to fight infectious illnesses. Neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) provide important insights that can be used to address pandemics and other global health problems in the future. The importance of early discovery and quick action is one of the most important lessons to be learned from NTDs. Numerous NTDs, like the Zika virus and dengue fever, have demonstrated the disastrous effects of postponing treatment.

Therefore, early detection methods, timely diagnosis, and quick control measure implementation should be given top priority in terms of global health preparedness. The value of community involvement and empowerment is a further lesson. Disadvantaged and marginalised groups are primarily impacted by NTDs. Involving communities in decision-making processes, ensuring access to healthcare resources, and addressing social determinants of health are critical to effectively combating chronic diseases(6). This strategy fosters resilience and trust in communities while also increasing the efficacy of interventions. Moreover, it is impossible to ignore how NTDs are interrelated and how they affect larger health systems. The strain on healthcare systems is increased when NTDs coexist with other health issues.  To enhance global health preparedness, a holistic and integrated approach is essential. This entails strengthening healthcare infrastructure, improving laboratory capacity, and promoting cross-sector collaborations. Lastly, NTDs highlight the importance of research and innovation in global health preparedness. Through research, we can better understand the epidemiology, transmission dynamics, and potential interventions for both NTDs and emerging infectious diseases(7). This knowledge can inform the development of diagnostic tools, therapeutics, and vaccines, equipping us with the necessary tools to respond effectively to future pandemics. In conclusion, neglected tropical diseases serve as a valuable source of lessons for global health preparedness, and there are important lessons to be learned about global health preparedness from neglected tropical diseases. Our ability to respond to future pandemics will be improved, and a more prepared and resilient global health landscape will result from placing a higher priority on early detection, community participation, improving the healthcare system, and research and innovation.

Strategies to combat neglected tropical diseases

When it comes to combating neglected tropical diseases (NTDs), there are several key strategies that have proven to be effective. These strategies not only help in addressing the burden of NTDs but also serve as valuable lessons for future pandemics and global health preparedness(2,8,9):

  • Mass Drug Administration (MDA): MDA involves the distribution of preventive chemotherapy to entire at-risk populations, regardless of infection status. This approach has been successful in controlling diseases like lymphatic filariasis, onchocerciasis, and schistosomiasis.
  • Integrated Vector Management (IVM): Many NTDs are transmitted through vectors like mosquitoes, flies, and snails. IVM focuses on controlling these vectors through a combination of approaches, including insecticide-treated bed nets, indoor residual spraying, larval source management, and environmental modifications. By targeting the vectors, IVM helps to interrupt disease transmission and reduce the burden of NTDs.
  • Improved Access to Safe Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH): Addressing NTDs requires a multi-sectoral approach that includes improving access to safe water, sanitation, and hygiene. Good WASH practices, play a crucial role in preventing NTDs like trachoma and soil-transmitted helminthiasis.
  • Strengthening Health Systems: To effectively combat NTDs, it is crucial to strengthen health systems in endemic areas. This includes training healthcare workers, improving diagnostic capabilities, enhancing surveillance systems, and ensuring the availability of essential medicines and supplies. A robust health system ensures early detection, prompt treatment, and effective management of NTDs
  • Cross-Sector Collaboration and Partnerships: Combating NTDs requires collaboration among multiple sectors, including health, education, water, sanitation, and agriculture.

Leveraging resources, sharing expertise, and implementing comprehensive solutions necessitates partnerships with academic institutions, communities, governments, and non-governmental organizations. These partnerships encourage creativity, resource mobilization, and long-term approaches to NTDs. By putting these ideas into practice, we can not only make great strides towards managing and eradicating neglected tropical diseases, but we can also learn important lessons for pandemic preparedness and future outbreaks(4). A better and more resilient world can be ensured by utilizing the information and experiences obtained from battling NTDs to develop tactics that work, fortify health systems, and improve our capacity to respond to health risks in the future.


In conclusion, NTDs provide us with important lessons for future pandemics and global health preparedness. These diseases, often affecting the most vulnerable populations in low-resource settings, have long been overlooked and underestimated. However, the current global health crisis has shed light on the interconnectedness of our world and the urgent need for proactive measures to prevent and control diseases. One key lesson we can learn from NTDs is the importance of early detection and rapid response. By implementing robust surveillance systems and investing in diagnostic tools, we can identify outbreaks swiftly and take immediate action to contain the spread. Additionally, the need for effective communication and collaboration among different stakeholders cannot be overstated. Global health agencies, governments, researchers, and communities must work together to develop and implement comprehensive strategies that address the social, economic, and environmental factors contributing to these diseases. Furthermore, NTDs highlight the significance of equity in healthcare. The disproportionate burden faced by marginalized communities underscores the urgency for inclusive and accessible healthcare systems. As we face the challenges of future pandemics, it is crucial to prioritize the needs of disadvantaged populations and ensure equitable access to prevention, treatment, and care. Lastly, the lessons learned from neglected tropical diseases emphasize the importance of investing in research and innovation. By supporting scientific advancements and fostering collaborations, we can develop effective interventions and technologies to combat emerging infectious diseases. This includes the development of new diagnostics, drugs, and vaccines, as well as the exploration of non-traditional approaches such as vector control and community engagement. In summary, NTDs serve as a reminder of the critical need for global health preparedness. By applying the lessons learned from these diseases, we can build resilient health systems, enhance surveillance and response capabilities, promote health equity, and foster innovation. On 31 May 2021, the World Health Assembly (WHA) recognized 30 January as World Neglected Tropical Disease (NTD) Day through decision WHA74(18). Through a comprehensive and collaborative approach, we can better prepare ourselves for future pandemics and ultimately improve the overall well-being of our global community.



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2023: A Year in Review Through PEAH Contributors’ Takes

Contributors’ takes all over the 2023 meant a lot to PEAH scope and aims. Find out here the relevant links whereby health access gaps and challenges worldwide are tackled from an equity based multidisciplinary perspective

 By Daniele Dionisio*

PEAH – Policies for Equitable Access to Health

 2023: A Year in Review Through PEAH Contributors’ Takes


Just at the beginning of a new year, I wish to pay homage to the many top thinkers, either stakeholders or academics, who contributed articles all over the 2023. My deepest gratitude goes to each of them. As invaluable food for thought, their insightful reflections meant a lot to PEAH scope and aims, while adding to debate worldwide how to equitably address health priority challenges (including, though not limited to, climate safeguarding, fair access to care, medicines and food, protection of disadvantaged/discriminated people and cultural diversity) from a view encompassing the policies, strategies and practices of all involved actors.

Find out below the relevant links:

Towards a WISE – Wellbeing in Sustainable Equity – New Paradigm for Humanity  by Juan Garay 

Scared New World  by Brian Johnston 

Scientific Perspectives on Climate Change and its Influence on the Spread of Infectious Diseases  by Nicolas Castillo

Frustrations of a Lifelong Global Issues Activist  by Claudio Schuftan 

Who Suffers Most: The Visibility of Children and Older People in Prison  by Philip J Gover 

The Effects of the Onslaught of COVID-19 and its Impact on the Environmental Laws  by Tanushree Mondal 

Snapshot of Food Fortification History in the United States  by Sharman Apt Russell 

Rapid Diagnosis of Dengue: a Crucial Tool in Global Healthcare  by Nicolas Castillo 

WHO, the Right to Health and the Climate Crisis – What Advice for the ICJ?  by David Patterson 

The Gray Houses Polio Eradication Initiative: A Case Study on Identifying and Vaccinating Hidden Children by Muhammad Noman 

Preparing for the Future: The Vitality of an Effective Testing Strategy in Future Pandemics  by Nicolas Castillo 

Karnataka Multisectoral Nutrition Pilot Project (2014-2018): Some Significant New Evidence Based Findings and Need for Further Research by Veena S Rao 

The “One Size Does Not Fit All” Podcast Series  by Biljana Grbevska 

Reflections About Public Private Partnerships (PPPs) in the Health Sector  by Raymond Saner

The Positive Impact of Artificial Intelligence in Future Pandemics  by Nicolas Castillo 

Making Billions for Billions: Unleashing the Power of Social Entrepreneurship  by Sumedha Kushwaha 

Earth Future: Time for a Global ‘Reset’!  by George Lueddeke 

Strategic Litigation and Social Mobilisation: Part of Public Health’s Advocacy Toolbox to Address the Climate Crisis  by David Patterson 

Lessons Learned from the COVID-19 Pandemic: Prioritizing the Health and Well-being of Refugees and Migrants in Libya  by Meftah Lahwel 

The Value of Communication in a Pandemic  by Nicolas Castillo 

Refugees and Migrants Access to Healthcare in Libya: Challenges and the Way Forward  by Meftah Lawhel 

Workshop: Engaging Women in Nature-Based Solutions to Improve Livelihood, Ecosystem Conservation; Resilience to Climate Change and Peace Building in Bugesera; Rwanda  by Innocent Musore 

Forgone Health Care Among Patients With Cardiovascular Disease  by Kirubel Workiye Gebretsadik 

The Covid-19 Pandemic as Tipping Point (Part 2) by Ted Schrecker 

Epidemiological Surveillance in Pandemics  by Nicolas Castillo 

The Level of Awareness and Impact of Ebola Outbreak on Access, Use and Adherence to HIV Treatment and Preventive Care, Psychological and Socioeconomic Well-Being of Female Sex Workers in the Ebola High Risk Districts in Uganda by AWAC Uganda 

The Covid-19 Pandemic as Tipping Point (Part 1)  by Ted Schrecker 

SEE WHAT MATTERS: Combating Stigma to End HIV/AIDS in Eastern Europe and Central Asia (EECA)  by Olga Shelevakho 

Balochistan Primary Healthcare: What Has Been Done and What Needs to Improve?  by Muhammad Noman 

Decision Makers’ Perception of the Performance and Salary of UC Polio Officers in Pakistan  by Muhammad Noman 

A Renewed International Cooperation/Partnership Framework in the XXIst Century  by Juan Garay 

Polio Eradication Programme in Pakistan: Critical Analysis from 1999 to 2023 by Muhammad Noman 

UNMET HEALTHCARE by Kirubel Workiye Gebretsadik

Effective Communication in Pandemics: Lessons Learned from Covid 19  by Nighat Khan 

START: Stop Tobacco with Assistance and Recover Today  by Sumedha Kushwaha 

Shifting Sands – Health in a Changing World  by Brian Johnston 

Risk Factors or Determinants: The NCDs Debate by Claudio Schuftan 

Oregon’s Health Equity and Additional Equity Focuses  by Susan M. Severance


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

2022: A Year in Review Through PEAH Contributors’ Takes  by Daniele Dionisio

Not Utopia: Healthy Lives for All in Post-Pandemic World  by Daniele Dionisio

Right to a Healthy Environment Global Coalition -which PEAH is a member- Wins UN Human Rights Prize  by Daniele Dionisio


In the meantime, our weekly column 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.



*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:  


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