Blogging in a political season

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In the next few weeks, participants in our class, Social and Behavioral Foundations of Primary Health Care at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, will be posting their own thoughts and comments about the state of the public’s health. This is an especially important time to be blogging since in the USA we now know the teams for both major parties in the presidential campaign.

Our blog focuses on policy issues – health and social interventions – around the world. The upcoming US political campaign will hopefully offer a wide variety of perspectives on the role of government, and public policy in general, in addressing domestic and international health related issues including the environment and poverty.

The US is not the only country to have had elections and other forms of political change in 2012, and we expect some class members to address policy issues in countries ranging from Malawi to Mali. Not only are policies changing within Malawi, but International donors who had changed their aid policies toward the country, for example, have had to rethink their commitment in light of one president’s passing and another’s rise.

Whoever becomes the next president of the USA will be around in 2015 when the world takes stock of progress toward the Millennium Development Goals. This is a global target, and every country on the planet should be held accountable for progress in eliminating poverty and promoting education and health. We expect our upcoming postings to shed light on these crucial issues.

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