As we enter the new year, we want to take a moment to look back at all we have achieved in 2022. From the many articles we published, to our events and changes in our team, this year has been eventful. Without further ado, here are our favorite EOGH moments from last year!
The year started with our writing competition themed “Health at the Intersections”. We received many great articles and shared our three favorites. The winners all explored different but extremely relevant intersections within global health. The article “The quest for healthy aging in the metaverse” provided a discussion on virtual reality for the elderly, while “Between care and climate impact” explored the responsibility of the health care sector to prioritize climate change. Our winning essay,“The influx of sargassum seaweed in the Caribbean and its implications for human health”, evaluated the impacts of increased seaweed on Caribbean beaches and highlighted the connections between climate change, ecosystems and health.
After our competition, we turned to other pressing topics and shared an analysis of vaccine equity during COVID-19, which considered why low- and middle- income countries lack COVID-19 vaccines. With the start of the war in the Ukraine, we shared our partners at SIGHT Student Organisations Network’s insights on what the crisis means for Ukrainian students and we published a call to action for the mental health of children in the Ukraine.
During the winter months, our editing team was very active. One of our editors, Giulia, shared her thoughts on this year’s World Health Summit with her article “Global health is not (yet) so global: A look at the World Health Summit 2022”, and took a closer look at inclusivity at global health forums. We also celebrated World Diabetes Day with an article about three ongoing projects of the World Diabetes Foundation, which provided a reflection on how to maintain access to diabetes care in a world in turmoil.
Later on in December, as we celebrated the #16DaysofActivism, we received a passionate Letter to the Editor from an Iranian woman reflecting on what the current protests mean for the country and for women’s rights worldwide.
Our team went through many changes this year. Sadly, we had to say goodbye to a few of our members who graduated from the Master’s in Global Health, including our editors Jenna and Kathleen, and our social media coordinator Francesca. We are so grateful for their contributions to the blog and we are excited to see their next steps in their global health careers. In the fall, we welcomed our new editor, Anna, who joined us all the way from Australia, where she was taking a semester abroad.
For our students in Copenhagen, we also organized our first ever cafè drop-in at Paludan Bog & Café to study and work together on articles and assignments. Keep your eyes peeled for more events to come.
Lastly, coming full circle, we finished off the year with the launch of our writing competition on the topic of “Health in Humanitarian Settings”. Our submissions are still open and we are excited to see your take on this theme.
We are very proud of all our achievements in 2022. We would like to thank all of the authors who brought crucial global health topics to light and opened spaces for discussion. Behind the scenes we are working on other exciting issues and questions, which we can’t wait to share in the new year. Until then, feel free to browse through the website and reach out to us with ideas and thoughts!
Wishing you all a Happy New Year,
The EOGH Team
(CC, Giulia, and Anna)