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The World Health Organization and COVID-19: Re-establishing Colonialism in Public Health

July, 2021

The World Health Organization and COVID-19: Re-establishing Colonialism in Public Health

The World Health Organization (WHO) emerged from the ashes of World War II as a global institution which aimed to provide access to good health for all, regardless of socioeconomic status. This understanding of health was holistic, and included physical, mental and social wellbeing. The Alma Ata Declaration of 1978 reaffirmed these principles, enshrining community-based healthcare as at the core of decision-making.

Imagination and remembrance: what role should historical epidemiology play in a world bewitched by mathematical modelling of COVID‑19 and other epidemics?

April, 2021

Abstract

Although every emerging infectious disease occurs in a unique context, the behaviour of previous pandemics ofers an insight into the medium- and long-term outcomes of the current threat. Where an informative historical analogue exists, epidemiologists and policymakers should consider how the insights of the past can inform current forecasts and responses.

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