“No jab, No job” is being passed around the workplaces this week. Announcement is from Citi to adopt a COVID-19 vaccine mandate policy, marking first major bank with such policy.
The global death toll of the COVID-19 pandemic reached 5 million people today, roughly under 2 years since first identification of novel coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2 (https://time.com/6112287/5-million-covid-deaths/). The pandemic is still not over until it is over everywhere.
The U.S., European Union, Britain and Brazil account for one-eighth of the global population, but almost half of reported deaths from the coronavirus. For example, US leads the world in the number of confirmed deaths from the virus with more than 745,800 people dead from COVID-19, then Brazil (with more than 607,000 deaths) and India (with more than 450,000 deaths) [https://www.npr.org/2021/11/01/1051020063/the-covid-19-pandemic-has-killed-5-million-people-globally].
Unaddressed mental health issues have been weighing on the young generation well before the COVID-19 pandemic and lockdowns. An estimated 13% of 10-19-year-olds live with a diagnosed mental disorder globally.
ONLY 2% of government health budgets are allocated to mental health spending globally, (UNICEF)
Can technology help to meet the mental health needs of the young (next) generation?
Recent news of $1.7 billion of student loans will be forgiven of US Public Service Workers and Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen providing testimony to US Senate Commerce Committee show an opportunity for better engagement to help the next generation through financial and technological efforts.
COVID-19 pandemic has raised concerns about mental health impact among everyone especially children and young adults. As we lead to the World Mental Health Day (Oct 10), let’s discuss latest thought leadership and global mental health reports this week.
Today’s discussion question:
How can healthcare and technology help to meet the mental health needs of the young generation?
Yesterday, our paper addressing how disaster risk in conflict areas can be reduced to meet United Nations Sendai Framework disaster risk reduction priorities was presented at Conflict Research Society’s annual conference.
Have you considered moving during the COVID-19 pandemic due to your local government’s response and/or local community’s caseload? Will FDA’s full approval of the Pfizer / BioNTech SE vaccine play a factor in the shift of US?
Monday morning and news arrived that FDA fully approves Pfizer / BioNTech SE Coronavirus Vaccine as the first COVID-19 vaccine for prevention of #COVID19 disease in 16 years of age and older.
COVID-19 vaccines are working to protect against death along with some protection against hospitalization and mild infections. The latter protections seem to be declining in effectiveness plus Delta variant (and Lamba variant) are some of the reasons why US announce approval of a third shot (dose) for US population at 8 months or later after receiving the first two doses of Pfizer/BioNTech SE & Moderna.
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|Time (GMT)||@GlobalHealthCH Moderator(s)||Room Topic|
|12am||Chidi Nwankpa (@chidnwankpa), Tamsin Meekel & Sonny Patel (@sonnypatel)||Impacting Global Health Through CH #WHD2021|
|2am||Ashley Allison (@MsAshleyIndira)||Quality for All? Racism and Inequity in Healthcare #WHD2021|
|2pm||Sam Lippolis (@samiamlip) & Sonny Patel (@sonnypatel) [Collaboration w/ @MedTechClub]||Weekly Connections in Global Health: Changemakers & VCs #WHD2021 |
|4pm||Donna Patterson (@PharmacySenegal)||Global Response to COVID in Different Regions – Are we meeting our goals? #WHD2021|
|6pm||Grace Gabagaya (@DrG_Omukali)||Vaccine Equity in a Fairer and Healthier World #WHD2021|
|8pm||Tan Rasab (@sigenexinc) & Sonny Patel (@sonnypatel)||Side effects of focusing all health on COVID #WHD2021|
|10pm||Zabin Patel (zabinsp), Aqsa Suleman (@aqsa_sz) & Sonny Patel (@sonnypatel)||Should decolonization of Global Health happen? #WHD2021|
|12am||Maria Eduarda Mesquita (@Duda_Mesquita) & Lucas Ponte (@Lucaspontelol)||Surgery as Solution for Universal Health Coverage? #WHD2021|