We wanted to spot some orangutans in Tanjung Puting National Park before heading to Health in Harmony and ASRIâ€™s hospital in Western Kalimantan, Borneo, so we carried life jackets for the kids with us all the way from Yellowknife. Â (ER MD job hazard=safety police tendencies…yep– everyone loves to travel with me!) Mr Head-Packer sighed, but
â€œDi manakah toilet?â€ We put our 4 year-old Vivi in charge of learning how to ask directions to the bathroom in Indonesian.Â Important job.Â Needed the best possible chance of being remembered.Â I figured she has the youngest mind, so given language-learning aptitudes it was most likely to stick there. And it did.Â For both
The lines between humanitarianism, environmentalism and Planetary Health are blurring as the impacts of environmental change on human health become more clear and the need to respond to them more urgent. I met Steve Cornish when he was the head of MSF (MÃ©decins Sans FrontiÃ¨res–Doctors Without Borders) Canada and I was a doctor returning from
TEDxMontrealWomen “For too long we’ve put health and the environment in different boxes. The work of our generation is to bridge the two, to understand that in fact, they belong in the same box–that planetary health defines human health–and that as we improve one, we will improve the other as well.”
“Canada, the UK and partners announced a global alliance to phase-out coal power at COP23 in Bonn, Germany.”
Dr. Courtney Howard at the 2017 Planetary Health Conference in Boston, Massachusetts.