COVID-19 has made clear that high income countries might not be the best equipped to face epidemics. Countries like Rwanda have shown how early action and comprehensive prevention strategies are key in minimising the number of deaths from COVID-19.
“Stay home, wash your hands, social distance” are the guidelines worldwide to prevent spreading of COVID-19. But how do these apply to asylum seekers living in overcrowded camps with scarce WASH facilities in Greece?
We failed to predict the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Now, the virus threatens to have unprecedented consequences on our lives and societies. If we listen carefully though, maybe we can learn a few lessons from these our broken economic system?
On the 8th and 9th of November 2019, the Swedish Network for International Health (SNIH) hosted a 2-day conference at Lund University, Sweden. As participants, we have come to recognize the post-colonial traits ever present in how we study and practice global health.
As civil society, our power lies in holding governments accountable in the health and climate emergency. This is a call to action: join a movement, protest expansion of fossil fuel industries, ask your professors to include climate change in their teaching. Let’s come together to demand real change in 2020, knowing that the benefits of action far outweigh the costs of our leaders’ failure to unite.