A recent study showed that obesity levels increased statistically significant in 17 countries over a 25 year period.
The final results of a 4-year project to analyse the challenges and opportunities for health in sub-Saharan Africa are now published as a Lancet Commission—The Path to Longer and Healthier Lives for All Africans by 2030—led by African physicians, health scientists, and policy makers.
The year 2018 will mark the 100th anniversary of the 1918 Spanish flu pandemic. There was no digital communication then to disrupt - or aid - the outbreak response, but there were also far fewer health technologies available, while rapid spread of the virus by plane travel was very limited. In 2018, when we face the next major infectious disease outbreak, it will be a test of how well we use - or abuse - the technologies and knowledge we've gained since 1918.
Access to contraceptives in Africa has not increased at the same pace as elsewhere in the world. Some African nations are investing in family planning services to reduce fertility rates, improve economic development and their population's health.
Some interesting articles relating to the African setting that have been published in the latest issue of the Global Journal of Medicine and Public Health.
Highlighting challenges related to managing large movements of refugees and migrants outlined in the New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants, this article focuses on the need to face possibly the greatest social problem in this century: to change the way we relate to the planet and to each other.