Road Traffic Issues: A Public Health Priority

About 1.25 million people die each year as a result of road traffic crashes and half of those are “vulnerable road users”: pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists (WHO, 2016). One of the targets included in the United Nations’ (UN) Sustainable Development Goals, goal number 3 Good Health and Well-being, is to halve the number of global […]

It’s Human Civilization that is at stake

This year’s Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH) conference in San Francisco opened with a powerful keynote delivered on planetary health by Richard Horton, The Lancet’s editor-in-chief, declaring we have been mortgaging the health of future generations to pay for today’s wants.  This came as a wake up call for many of the audience members, many […]

Putting an End to Preventable Maternal and Child Deaths through Advocacy

Mothers everywhere want the same thing for their kids; to see them grow up healthy and strong and realize the full potential that every child brings to the world. Medical practitioners get to see the beginnings of these dreams, providing a safe and healthy start to life for both mom and baby. Sadly, too often, […]

Chile’s biggest environmental threat needs to be addressed with our best effort.

Marcelo Mena-Carrasco, PhD

Clean air and health: The Chilean Way

Air quality is the world’s biggest environmental threat. There is substantial research that shows that when there is more particulate matter in the air, more people get sick. And when there is long-term exposure, people die. We also know that sometimes air quality monitoring stations do not tell the whole story. And that when people live […]