One of the world’s top four general medical journals, The BMJ, and the World Innovation Summit for Health (WISH), Qatar Foundation’s global health initiative, have launched a series of collections to help advance knowledge on toxic stress in children, healthy dry cities, and the relationship between climate change and communicable diseases.
The collections are each chaired by world-leading experts and supported by a team of senior leaders from the academic, research, and policy arenas. They will be launched during the recent week's biennial WISH summit - a global healthcare meeting dedicated to capturing and disseminating the best evidence-based ideas and practices.
The challenge now is to act on these recommendations to counter the impacts on health of toxic stress, climate change, and water shortage. 2020’s summit will play an important part in moving those issues from research into policy.
Under the new partnership, The BMJ has worked with WISH on three collections that include peer-reviewed academic papers written by global experts from across The BMJ community. In addition to being presented at WISH 2020, the papers will be published in the journal, benefiting from the scale and reach of its international readership of doctors and other health professionals. In 2020, bmj.com had 5.5m page views from 2.7m users. On social media, the journal has a loyal following of 105k on Facebook and 422.5k on Twitter.
The report on toxic stress and PTSD in children provides an opportunity to consider the effects of long-term stress on children’s physical and mental development and develop strategies to mitigate these ill-effects.
The group convened by The BMJ to consider the relationship between climate change and communicable diseases will highlight global health responses shown to be effective in curbing the impact of climate change on the spread of infectious disease and climate-linked increases in communicable diseases, as well as considering how to fill the gaps in the current body of evidence.
The team behind the report looking at the topic of healthy dry cities is co-chaired by Howard Frumkin, Professor Emeritus of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences at the University of Washington School of Public Health, and Dr. Maitreyi Bordia Das, Practice Manager and Global Lead at the World Bank. The report aims to identify the most effective strategies for optimising public health policy in tackling urban water shortage.
2020’s virtual WISH will extend over five days from November 15, 2020 to November 19, 2020, and, for the first time, registration is open to all participants free of cost. Among the discussions on global health challenges will be a number of sessions on Covid-19, which has inevitably dominated discourse around global health in 2020. Register for virtual WISH 2020 can be done at www.wish.org.qa.
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