AuthorArnauld Nicogossian
Published date01 March 2019
Date01 March 2019
Arnauld Nicogossian
On behalf of the Editors and the Editorial Board Members, I am pleased to
introduce the f‌irst 2019 issue of World Medical & Health Policy.
In the year ahead, many threats will continue to challenge global health-care
services and already strained resources. Climate change will increase the number
of atmospheric disasters and contribute to the spread of infections. Transnational
crime will continue to impact population health, by purveying addictive
substances and engaging in human traff‌icking. Inadequate care of chronic pain
will further complicate the substance abuse crisis. With increasing population life
span, the number of patients suffering from Alzheimer’s disease will grow.
Ineffective, adulterated, and costly prescription medications, and restricted access
to medical and preventive services, will continue to challenge public health.
Discrimination, violence, and societal pressures will further advance health
disparities. And, according to a recent research publication, “as many as one in
four women attending sexual and reproductive healthcare services say they are
not allowed to take control of their own reproductive lives” (Rowlands & Walker,
At the same time technological and genetic breakthroughs will accelerate, and
hold the promise to address many of the above issues if they are made available
and affordable globally. An increasing number of data banks allow better analysis
of epidemiologic data for different populations and geographic areas also offers
Original articles in this journal address some of the above challenges across
the globe. Featured articles in this issue are:
1. Access to Essential Medications and Equipment for Obstetric and Neonatal
Primary Care in Bombali District, Sierra Leone
2. Voting Characteristics of Individuals with Traumatic Brain Injury
3. Continuing Medical Education and the Marketing of Fentanyl for Breakthrough
4. A Review of the Forces Inf‌luencing Maternal Health Policies in Post-War
5. Maternal Mortality in Nigeria: A Literature Review
World Medical & Health Policy, Vol. 11, No. 1, 2019
doi: 10.1002/wmh3.294
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