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Understanding vaccine hesitancy: lessons from the World Vaccine Congress and Immunisation Readiness Index

In early April 2024, Economist Impact’s health policy team engaged with key experts across the vaccine ecosystem at the World Vaccine Congress (WVC) and presented findings from the Immunisation Readiness Index. The WVC brings together a variety of stakeholders to share knowledge and discuss the future of immunisation.

Multiple Myeloma in Central Europe and the Baltics: Supporting early and equitable access to care to improve patient outcomes

Multiple Myeloma in Central Europe and the Baltics: Supporting early and equitable access to care to improve patient outcomes is an Economist Impact white paper, commissioned by Johnson & Johnson Innovative Medicine. The report provides an independent analysis of multiple myeloma and its growing burden in the Central Europe and the Baltics (CE&B) region.

World Vaccine Congress (2024): The global landscape of AI and data

Last month, Economist Impact’s Policy & Insights Health Team took the global digital pulse of artificial intelligence (AI) at the heart of the future of vaccination—the 2024 World Vaccine Congress (WVC).

Rethinking mental health care

<p>Almost 1bn people are currently living with a mental health condition worldwide.<sup><a href="#_ftn1" id="_ftnref1" name="_ftnref1">1</a></sup>&nbsp;Having good mental health is paramount for individuals to lead healthy, productive lives and is also the basis for strong economies.<sup><a href="#_ftn2" id="_ftnref2" name="_ftnref2">2</a>&nbsp;<a href="#_ftn3" id="_ftnref3" name="_ftnref3">3</a></sup></p>

Fertility policy and practice: the APAC Fertility and Family Scorecard

This decline is primarily due to low fertility levels in many countries, resulting in each new generation being smaller than the previous one. The global average total fertility rate (TFR) has decreased significantly, with some countries in the Asia Pacific (APAC) region experiencing ultra-low fertility rates (below 1.5). This is leading to rapidly aging populations and various accompanying challenges.

UAE recognises the need to act on climate change fast

By hosting COP28, 2023 marked a significant milestone in the UAE's dedication to climate-change mitigation, public health and sustainability, but more needs to be done.

An incomplete picture: understanding the burden of long Covid

In the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, a new challenge has emerged: the phenomenon of long Covid. Given its novelty, long Covid is not well understood. More work must be done to better understand the scale and scope of this condition. While stakeholders work to improve their understanding, they must also focus on ways to mitigate its impact.

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It takes a village: addressing the youth mental health crisis in the US

As a parent of a one-year-old, pausing to reflect on what her mental-health future may look like ten or 15 years from now can feel at times nebulous and overwhelming. It often feels like another thing to add to the already long laundry list of parental worries…in addition to the actual laundry.

Diabetes and chronic kidney disease: the diagnostic imperative

Diabetes mellitus is increasingly recognized as a significant public health challenge, with its prevalence skyrocketing worldwide. The economic impact of diabetes (gestational diabetes, type 1, and type 2 diabetes) places a hefty financial burden on societies, and by 2050, it is projected that 1.31bn individuals may be grappling with this disease. This underscores the urgent need for effective intervention strategies.

The United States Out of the Shadows Index: shining a light on the prevention of and response to child sexual exploitation and abuse in the US

Estimations of the scale, scope and cost of child sexual exploitation and abuse (CSEA) in the United States are startling. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that approximately one in four girls and one in 20 boys in the US will experience sexual abuse during childhood,1 while child protective services agencies reported 59,000 cases—or a new case every nine minutes—of child sexual abuse in 2021 alone.2

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