World views on actions for a healthy life

Global Health Challenges

Professor Ottersen, President of the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden chaired the international Lancet Commission that studied the political determinants of global health inequalities (The Lancet-University of Oslo Commission on Global Governance for Health). The discussion was recorded in June 2019 in Stockholm.

Key points important both for heart health and general health include:

  • 14 of the 17 current WHO strategic development goals are relevant to safe, effective and equitable use of medicines.
  • the need to be aware of and address economic constraints on health policy and to engage with ‘sticky institutions’, whether governmental, NGO or commercial, as barriers to improving global health policy and its implementation
  • the need for better labelling of foodstuffs and access both to safe medicines and reliable information on medicines
  • the need to be aware of and counter the international ‘infodemic’ of fake news

Safe use of medicines


Clinicians Prof. Gerard Rongen from the Netherlands and Prof. Janne Backmann from Finland discuss their approach to running as exercise, how they prepare and how they remain motivated.

A child health doctor from The Netherlands discusses how he became interested in exercise.

Safe use of medicines

Discussion with Professor Alexander Khokhlov, Head of the Department of Clinical Pharmacology at the Yaroslavl State Medical University in Russia. He discusses public initiatives on health literacy about medicines.

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