Reading the smoke signals: The long-term consequences of Amazon wildfire on global health

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Mr. Christos Tsagkaris, a fifth-year medical student at the University of Crete. He is affiliated to the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA), cordial partner of The Sting. The opinions expressed in this piece belong strictly to the writer and do not necessarily reflect IFMSA’s view on the […]

Amazon on fire: the interference in global health

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Mr Gustavo Cardoso Gomes, a 3rd year student in medical school, founding member of the local committee of IFMSA Brazil-Uningá and vice president of the Academic Center. He is affiliated to the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA), cordial partner of The Sting. The opinions expressed in […]

First do no harm. Why healthcare needs to change

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Robert Metzke, Global Head of Sustainability, Philips If I’ve learned one thing working in the healthcare sector, it’s the earlier you can diagnose a disease, the better chance you have of curing it – or at least mitigating its […]

Malaria could be gone by the middle of the century. Here’s how

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Rosamond Hutt, Senior Writer, Formative Content Imagine a world free of malaria. It’s not such a far-fetched idea, as this deadly disease could be completely eradicated within a generation, according to new research. But how? The answer lies in […]

Bioethics: how to recover trust in the doctor-patient relationship

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Mayumi Cavalcante Hashiguchi, a third year medical student of University Center São Lucas – UniSL from a small city of Brazil named Porto Velho which is the capital of Rondônia, a state in the north of the country, located in Western Amazonia. She is affiliated to the […]

Time to make a fundamental choice about the future of healthcare

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Nicholas Peters, Professor of Cardiology and Head of Cardiac Electrophysiology, Imperial College London For the first time in human history, infections do not head the WHO list of biggest killers in the world. Long-term conditions – such as diabetes, […]

Can medical students be prepared for Global Health ethical issues?

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Giorgia Soldà, newly graduated doctor from Turin, Italy. She is affiliated to the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA), cordial partner of The Sting. The opinions expressed in this piece belong strictly to the writer and do not necessarily reflect IFMSA’s view on the topic, nor The European […]

Is technology key to improving global health and education, or just an expensive distraction?

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Stefan Dercon, Professor of Economic Policy, Blavatnik School of Government and the Economics Department, University of Oxford After decades of attempting to improve failing health and education systems in developing countries, the situation in many areas is still […]

How technology can help us achieve universal healthcare

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Henk de Jong, Chief of International Markets, Philips This week, the World Health Assembly (WHA) is convening in Geneva to address the implementation of the health-related goals of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, with a particular focus on […]

5 things you probably didn’t know about global health

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Charlotte Edmond, Formative Content “The only way to keep your health is to eat what you don’t want, drink what you don’t like, and do what you’d druther not.” If only the answer to the world’s health concerns […]

E-cigars: Improbable ally or enemy in disguise?

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Eleni Bouziani, a 1 st year medical student of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece. She is affiliated to the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA), cordial partner of The Sting. The opinions expressed in this piece belong to the writer and do not necessarily […]

Electronic cigarette: a still controversial qualitative imbalance

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Mr. Lucas Gheller Machado is 18 years old and he courses the second year of medicine. Currently, he is a member and analyst of the Nucleus of Scientific Research (NUPEC) by IFMSA Brazil UniCesumar, member of the Academic League of Intensive Medicine of Maringá (LAMIM) and member […]

I have a rare disease. This is my hope for the future of medicine

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Lynsey Chediak, Project Specialist, Precision Medicine, World Economic Forum Within the majority of healthcare systems globally, if you have a knee injury, you see an orthopedist who specialises in knees. If you have cancer, you seen an oncologist who […]

Do electronic cigarettes produce adverse health effects?

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Mr. Roberto Antonio Vásquez Morel, a fifth-year medical student at the Universidad Nacional Pedro Henríquez Ureña (UNPHU), in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. He is affiliated to the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA), cordial partner of The Sting. The opinions expressed in this piece belong to the writer and […]

What does global health translate into?

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Mr. Felipe Leonardo a third-year medical student at the Pontifícia Universidade Católica de São Paulo (PUCSP), in the city of Sorocaba, state of São Paulo, Brazil. He is affiliated to the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA), cordial partner of The Sting. The opinions expressed in this piece belong […]

Migration: Better travel safe than sorry

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Wiktoria Izdebska, a 2nd year medical student of Medical University of Białystok, Poland. She is affiliated to the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA), cordial partner of The Sting. The opinions expressed in this piece belong to the writer and do not necessarily reflect IFMSA’s view on the […]

Global warming: our responsibility

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Bianca Batista dos Santos is a third year medicine student and works as a Local Exchange Officer at IFMSA Brazil Unicesumar. She is affiliated to the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA), cordial partner of The Sting. The opinions expressed in this piece belong to the writer and […]

Our healthcare systems are ailing. Here’s how to make them better

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Nancy Brown, Chief Executive Officer, American Heart Association Growing life expectancy, while something to be celebrated, also means that a rising number of people are living with chronic conditions such as cardiovascular diseases (CVD). Access to optimal medical treatments […]

Inequality in the delivery of health services

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Mr. Mohammed Ahmed Mohammed Mater, a medical student from NAMS, Yemen. He is affiliated to the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA), cordial partner of The Sting. The opinions expressed in this piece belong to the writer and do not necessarily reflect IFMSA’s view on the topic, nor The […]

Ηealth’s foundation is falling apart: what can we do about it?

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Larisse Leal, a fourth year medical student at the Federal University of Juiz de Fora (UFJF-GV), Brazil. She is affiliated to the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA), cordial partner of The Sting. The opinions expressed in this piece belong strictly to the writer and do not necessarily […]

These are the world’s healthiest nations

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Alex Thornton, Senior Writer, Formative Content Spain has many attractions – delicious cuisine, a balmy climate, sublime music and a fascinating history. And now it can add another accolade: it has just been named the healthiest country in the […]

We must stop turning a blind eye to the world’s health crises

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Paul Spiegel, Director, Center for Humanitarian Health When the World Health Organization (WHO) declared lengthy humanitarian crises to be a top health threat, perhaps they had Yemen in mind. It wasn’t one individual bomb landing in Yemen that infected […]

Access to healthcare is not enough – high quality care has to be the target

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Harald Nusser, Head of Novartis Social Business, Novartis Universal health coverage (UHC) in lower-income countries has been embraced by global organizations such as the World Health Organization (WHO) and the World Bank. Developing UHC – a system of basic […]

Here’s how to make ‘value-based healthcare’ a reality

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Jan Kimpen, Chief Medical Officer, Philips One thing all healthcare stakeholders agree on is that our global health systems are near breaking point. The ageing population and increasing incidence of chronic disease, innovative technologies and new powerful drugs, have […]

Global climate change: consequences for human health in Brazilian cities

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Lívia Teodosio, a 3rd-year medical student at Federal University of Alagoas (UFAL), Brazil. She is affiliated to the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA), cordial partner of The Sting. The opinions expressed in this piece belong strictly to the writer and do not necessarily reflect IFMSA’s view […]

5 things you need to know about your microbiome

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Johnny Wood, Writer, Formative Content We often hear about our gut microbiome and how it can influence our wellbeing, but for many of us this vast microbial community within our bodies remains something of a mystery. Now, new research […]

The world is too complacent about epidemics. Here’s how to change

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Julie Louise Gerberding, Executive Vice President & Chief Patient Officer, MSD Nipah virus, Lassa virus, Chikungunya virus, and MERS-CoV – these viruses are unfamiliar to most, yet they cause some of the most serious global infectious disease threats we […]

Polluted lungs: health in the center of environment discussion

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Amany Gonçalves Robaina, a 21 years old and medicine student at Universidade Regional de Blumenau (FURB), in Blumenau, Santa Catarina – Brazil. She is affiliated to the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA), cordial partner of The Sting. The opinions expressed in this piece belong strictly to […]

This new way of understanding disease is changing medicine

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Belen Garijo, CEO, Healthcare, Merck Group A new understanding of disease biology is emerging. In a paradigm shift towards what is known as molecular pathology, medical science is increasingly looking at diseases at a molecular level. This new perspective […]

Mankind’s first tool to fight malaria also kills

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Harald Nusser, Head of Novartis Social Business, Novartis Malaria parasites have been found in mosquitoes preserved in amber that are approximately 30 million years old. It is one of the most ancient identifiable diseases to affect humans – some […]

Why Climate Change Matters for Future Health Professionals

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Mr. Amro Aglan, a final year medical student at Tanta University, Egypt &  Ms. Emma Aneshansley, recent graduate from Boston University in Boston, Massachusetts where she studied Health Science and Public Health. They both  are affiliated to the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA), cordial partner of […]

Could the fourth wave of globalization help to end epidemics?

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Richard Hatchett, Chief executive, CEPI The pros and cons of globalization have long been a favourite topic of debate among the political classes. Is globalization a beneficial force powering economic growth and allowing new ideas and concepts to spread […]

Why a healthy planet and a healthy economy go hand-in-hand

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Cristiana Pasca Palmer, Executive Secretary, Convention on Biological Diversity We need to understand the nature and gravity of the collective crisis that now confronts human civilization if we are to answer the questions it poses. If we do not […]