India needs to urgently address the disaster-climate-health nexus

Building community resilience calls for understanding how systemic risks influence policy outcomes and why existential gaps need to be plugged to tackle the nexus of public health consequences – extreme weather events and natural disasters. The pandemic has exposed the fault-line threadbare which imposes new questions and also calls for an amendment to the Disaster…

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Malnutrition an existing global health threat since decades.

Malnutrition is a condition, where deficient or excess nutrient intake or imbalance of required micronutrients is on daily recommendations. The double burden of malnutrition (DBM) concept first emerged in the year,1992 at the International Conference on Nutrition (ICN) conducted by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the World Health Organization…

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Mass-screening as an alternative way of quarantine in Iran during COVID-19 pandemic

Corresponding Author: Dr. Fatemeh RezaeiEmail: f.rezaei.pro@gmail.com Adopting effective coping strategies in a worsening crisis situation require authorities to identify, assess, and plan immediately the situation. The challenge we are currently facing in Iran is COVID-19, which has received widespread attention due to the rising number of death and illnesses in the community. The Iranian government…

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The impact of climate change on ‘global health’

Climate change is a deep-rooted public health threat which introduced a change in the global or regional climate pattern a few years ago. The severity of climate change is triggered by global warming resulting in extreme changes in weather patterns including unbearable heat and cold, unpredicted rains, rise in sea levels and air pollution. The…

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Cultural diversity in the health sector & implications

Some countries due to their special cultural and social context have more cultural, ethnic, and religious diversity than other parts. Societies like India, Iran, and other neighboring countries may have such variations or differences more than other countries. Of course, it cannot be said that other countries are exempted from this, while today most countries…

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India’s Post Disaster Needs Assessment (PDNA) needs a SOP disruption

Stakeholders & practitioners of disaster risk reduction have practiced and approached disaster from a lens of a Standard Operating Protocol with limited cross sectoral convergence. Unfortunately, whether we like it or no, planetary outcomes and nature’s approach to weather events have no protocols. Thus, we need to approach a post disaster scenario from a perspective…

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Monkeypox – an emerging global health threat

Monkeypox is a zoonotic disease that transmits from animals to humans. The first monkeypox case was reported in humans in 1970 in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. It is an endemic disease condition that existing in the central and western parts of Africa generally in tropical rainforests since 1970. The first outside outbreak of…

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South Asia needs an urgent policy on health & climate action

Enduring peace and shared resilience are a collective desire of the people living in South Asia. But South Asia continues to face cascading risks and challenges at multiple fronts which calls for an inclusive policy that puts health and climate action at the center of progress. Health systems vulnerability & preparedness to practice medicine with…

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Community-based interventions needed to improve public mental health:

Public mental health is a major concern nowadays. Mental health has a direct impact on the quality of life of an individual. Recent reports of mental health say that 1 in every 8 people in the world lives with a mental disorder. Inequities in social determinants of health are the considerable cause of this public…

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Why online Masters in Public Health must be confined to dustbins

At times I get intrigued by some questions which people raise wanting to do an online Masters in Public Health ( MPH) programme. I don’t get annoyed but amused with the thought of an online programme. After years of dedicated work in the field, we still never have the right kind of confidence in bringing…

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