In the largest COST Action to date, 34 EU countries have banned together to find
a solution to stop Ragweed's spread on the continent. This invasive weed from
North America, now one of the most common air-borne allergens in the EU, causes
half of all asthma attacks in its regions, and costs the EU economy an estimated
€4.5B a year. CABI will join a consortium of over 120 biologists,
ecologists, economists, and medical
experts to explore sustainable solutions. Top on the agenda, biological control,
or using ragweed’s natural enemies to help stop its spread.
10 years ago it was SARS, now the new coronavirus worrying pandemic planners
is theMERS (Middle Eastern Respiratory Syndrome) coronavirus, that emerged in Saudi Arabia, last year. The number of cases is gathering
momentum and we don’t yet know how it is transmitted or what animal is harbouring
it. As Saudi Arabia is the host for the annual Hajj pilgrimage one of the
largest mass gatherings in the world, it is important we find out before
millions of visitors descend on the country.
Today is World Environment Day, which is the day to
highlight awareness of the environment and promote political attention and
action to protect all environments each year, always on 5th June. The day has been celebrated since 1972 and this year’s official theme is ‘Think.Eat.Save: Anti-food Waste and Unnecessary Resource Consumption,’ which is a very
important point when considering the massive amount of food that is wasted, especially
in the western world, each year.
Image: King College London, project Emerald (emerging mental health systems in low- and middle-income countries)
Oneof the key sessions I attended at the second day of “The world in denial: Global mental health matters”( March 26-27, 2013, Royal Society of Medicine, London) highlighted the existing legal tools available to achieve international recognition of the Right to Health, AND the problems of getting mental health included in this framework. In particular how including it under disability has implications for access to treatment. This blog summarizes the session and puts information into context with current events, including the 66th World Health Assembly recommendations.
There was much I learnt that day, yet of much I was already aware, as CABI’s Global Health
database has 20,000 records on mental health, 25% of them
focussed on developing countries. One of the eye-openers for me was an
understanding of the various legal tools dealing with international
recognition of the Right to Health
and the problems of getting mental health included in this framework;
how including it under disability has implications for access to