Dear Neil and colleagues
In Arabic we say ( شايف الذيب و بدور على أثره ). A rough translation is “One can see the wolf and yet tracing it”. The wolf in climate change is the big industrial countries and the big companies there. Look at the tobacco and the impact on health. Look at the car industry, the use of fuel and the impact on health. Look at the threat by the nuclear nations and the impact on health. Look at the military-industrial complex, the amount of money they make and the number of people killed and the impact on health. Look at Brazil and the deforestation by the big countries and companies, more important the impact on health. The examples are endless. The launch of the web site by WHO and WMO and of course the work of HIFA is excellent and most welcome to learn and exchange knowledge. The editorial showing that the industrial countries and companies are damaging the environment in Africa and every other continent is a clear call for action. Action by whom? The wolfs?
Thank you. Najeeb Al-Shorbaji
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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