Zombie Nation: 21st century and its not so hidden fear of epidemics by Katharina Wolff You might not have noticed, but zombies have changed recently. In their Haitian origin, zombies are understood as undead and non-conscious human beings, which were turned into this state by priests of the vodun. They have no will of their own anymore and are said to have been used for hard work in farming and for other purposes.(1) In Europe, the closest concept to zombies would be revenants, dead and mostly buried people, who cannot find peace as something brings them to anger. They also [...]
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Opinion: Finding the ‘right’ solution in the German vaccine debate by Maeve Cook-Deegan, (MSc. Health Science student at TUM) Germany has made global headlines after a recent legislative proposal by the German health minister, Jens Spahn. The proposed law aims to increase the rate of measles vaccinations by threatening parents with fines of up to 2500 EUR and by keeping children who have not been vaccinated for measles out of kindergarten. This comes amidst widespread measles outbreaks and a 300% global increase compared to 2018, according to unofficial reports from the World Health Organization. This trend is startling, and as [...]
International Day of Education by Roxana Müller-Eberstein January 24 marks the first International Day of Education, a day proclaimed by the General Assembly of the United Nations whose importance is reflected in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The Agenda is an ambitious plan adopted in September 2015 by Heads of State, Government and High Representatives that seeks to end poverty, fight inequalities and counter climate change by 2030. At its core, the agenda contains 17 comprehensive goals, also referred to as the 17 Sustainable Development Goals. One of the goals stated is to obtain quality education, in particular to [...]
Rolling Back Malaria: a Multi-Sectoral Challenge by Obreniokibo I. Amiesimaka October 2018 marked the 20th anniversary of the now-rebranded RBM Partnership to End Malaria. Originally called Roll Back Malaria, RBM was founded by the World Health Organisation (WHO), the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the World Bank. With its foundation set on collaboration, it was charged with building a partnership of stakeholders in order to spearhead the global effort in combatting malaria. The RBM Partnership has brought together over 500 partners from diverse fields; ranging from the academia and malaria-endemic countries to the donor, public and also [...]
The WHO REPLACE Trans Fat Action Package – From Policy to Practice by Obreniokibo I. Amiesimaka In May 2018, the World Health Organisation (WHO) introduced an action package for the elimination of industrially-produced trans fats globally by 2023. The action package, called REPLACE Trans Fat, is in keeping with the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 3.4, which aims to reduce non-communicable diseases (NCDs). Here, we consider the action package and some of the potential challenges to its practical implementation. Trans fats in brief Trans fats are produced through the addition of hydrogen to unsaturated vegetable oils via the partial-hydrogenation process. [...]