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  • Reply to: One health economics for healthy people, agriculture and environment   1 week 3 days ago

    An excellent article.
    We have been investigating the possibility of adapting the Plantwise network (www.plantwise.org) to deliver animal health/production advice and support. The Plantwise network is a valuable tool for plant disease surveillance, and if adapted for animal health could also be useful for surveillance of animal diseases. The combination of plant health with animal and human health could also be an interesting development of the One health concept.

  • Reply to: Financing pandemic preparedness: from analysis to recommendations   2 weeks 4 days ago

    The JEE is a step forward in assessing whether a country has certain capacities that will, hopefully, assist the country in detecting and responding to infectious diseases. It is a measure of how prepared a country appears to be. However, there continues to be a missing step which is how do we measure how EFFECTIVE those countries are in actually preventing disease outbreaks. How do we know that Capacity = Limiting infectious disease outbreaks? Limiting morbidity and mortality from infectious disease outbreaks is surely the key purpose in capacity building, and something we are failing to measure.

  • Reply to: Financing the ‘last mile’ in global polio eradication   3 weeks 5 days ago

    Thank you, Mr. Ginsler, for your comment and our sincere apologies for the omission. We owe a huge debt of gratitude for what Rotary International has accomplished in the fight against polio. Not only has Rotary contributed more than $1.6 billion to tackle the polio epidemic, they have also been a key partner in the buy-down innovative financing. Back in 2000s, the partnership established a trust fund with US$25 million from the Gates Foundation and $25 million from Rotary International/UN Foundation to fund the buy-downs. That US$50 million investment was used to buy down US$120-140 million in World Bank IDA loans.

  • Reply to: Financing the ‘last mile’ in global polio eradication   3 weeks 6 days ago

    This is an important article,but somehow you have managed to completely miss the role of Rotary International in the fight against Polio. 30 years ago Rotary committed to the eradication of polio - before any governmental or corporate organizations became interested. Since then, Rotary has contributed hundreds of millions of dollars to the fight, organized immunization days where over the years, thousands of Rotarians have volunteered to vaccinate in countries around the world, and has worked hand-in-hand with governments globally until now, the end of polio is in sight. Without the work of Rotary, it is unlikely that we would be anywhere near eradication.

  • Reply to: On World Health Day, why I'm choosing to talk about depression   1 month 1 week ago

    I want to congratulate you on your post about depression. I think that is the right path to counter stigma and improve the quality of life of everyone: linking the personal experience of mental suffering and illness, with the backdrop of mental health both as an aspiration and a concrete possibility.