Coronavirus (381) Impact of COVID-19 on global poverty (2)

9 April, 2020

Thank you for sharing this. SDGs as an integrated set of goals is crumbling because of a global public health issue. When the SDGs were being developed and as they were adopted health (Goal 3) was seen as central to all of them. Health benefits from all other goals and contributes to all other goals. It was very disturbing to me when I talk about the integration of the SDGs and how health is central that people were thinking that “wealth”, can buy anything. Now the most wealthy countries are the most affected and suffering form corona. Investment in health was very little compared to security (arms) not human security. It’s time to think of health as the central goal of the SDGs and that investment in health is actually the right investment along with education. These two pillars is what makes the world stand up again.

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Najeeb Al-Shorbaji, PhD, FIAHSI

President, Jordan Library Association

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HIFA profile: Najeeb Al-Shorbaji recently retired from the World Health Organization (WHO), where he has worked since 1988 in different capacities. He was most recently Director of the Knowledge, Ethics and Research Department at WHO headquarters, Geneva. Previously he was Coordinator for Knowledge Management and Sharing in EMRO (Eastern Mediterranean Regional Office), Egypt. He is a member of a number of national and international professional societies and associations specialised in information management and health informatics. He has authored over 100 research papers and articles presented in various conferences and published in professional journals. He is a member of the HIFA Steering Group and the HIFA Working Group on Multilingualism.

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