Showing posts with label Investments. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Investments. Show all posts

Invest In Nature To Stop The Next Pandemic

A new study from Harvard University and international experts indicates that investments in nature are required to prevent the next pandemic. 

As the globe battles to control COVID-19, a group of prominent scientific experts from the United States, Latin America, Africa, and South Asia published a study today laying out the scientific underpinnings for avoiding the next pandemic by limiting pathogen spillover from animals to humans. 

  • The International Scientific Task Force to Prevent Pandemics at the Source argues that investments in outbreak control, such as diagnostic tests, medicines, and vaccinations, are important but insufficient in addressing pandemic risk. 

  • These results come at a time when COVID-19 vaccination coverage in many low- and middle-income countries is still insufficient, and vaccine coverage in richer countries is far from reaching the levels required to control the Delta variation. 

"To manage COVID-19, we've already spent more than $6 trillion on what may turn out to be the most expensive band aids ever bought." 

        ~ Dr. Aaron Bernstein, interim director of the Center for Climate, Health, and the Global Environment at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health 

  • We must take steps to prevent pandemics from spreading by preventing disease transmission from animals to people. 

  • We can also aid in the stabilization of the planet's climate and the revitalization of its biosphere, both of which are critical to our health and economic well-being.

Climate change is also reducing ecosystems and forcing animals on land and water to migrate to new locations, allowing diseases to infect new hosts. 

  • Since 1940, agriculture has been linked to more than half of all zoonotic infectious illnesses that have infected humans. 

  • With the world's population growing and food insecurity on the rise as a result of the pandemic, investments in sustainable agriculture and crop and food waste prevention are critical to reducing biodiversity losses, conserving water resources, and preventing further land use change while promoting food security and economic well-being. 

The task force's main proposal is to use investments in healthcare system improvement and One Health to promote conservation, animal and human health, and spillover prevention at the same time. 

  • A successful example of this integrated approach may be seen in Borneo, where a decade of effort resulted in a 70% reduction in deforestation, access to health care for over 28,400 patients, and significant reductions in illnesses such as malaria, TB, and common pediatric disorders. 

Additional funding and research suggestions include: 

  • Priorities for investment: 

    • Conserve tropical forests, including those that are reasonably intact and those that have been fragmented. 

    • Improve biosecurity for livestock and farmed wild animals, particularly when animal husbandry takes place near large or quickly growing human populations. 

    • Establish an intergovernmental cooperation with allied agencies such as the FAO, WHO, OIE, UNEP, and Wildlife Enforcement Networks to combat the danger of wild animals spreading disease to livestock and humans. 

    • Leverage investments to improve healthcare systems and One Health platforms in low- and middle-income countries to promote conservation, animal and human health, and spillover prevention. 

Prioritize research to determine which measures, such as those focusing on forest protection, wildlife hunting and trade, and agricultural biosecurity, are most successful in preventing spillovers. 

  • Assess the economic, ecological, long-term viability, and social welfare effects of spillover-reduction measures. 

  • In economic studies, include a cost-benefit analysis that includes the entire range of advantages that may result from spillover avoidance

  • Improve our knowledge of where pandemics are most likely to occur, including evaluations of pandemic drivers such as government, travel, and population density. 

  • Continue viral discoveries in wildlife to determine the range of possible diseases and enhance genotype-phenotype relationships that may be used to evaluate spillover risk and severity. 

Harvard Chan C-CHANGE and the Harvard Global Health Institute convened the task group (HGHI). 

The results of their first report will be converted into international policy recommendations in time for the G20 meeting in October and the UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) in November.

You may also want to read more analysis about the COVID-19 Pandemic here.

Bitter Sweet Reforms | A Retail Foreign Direct Invasion in India ?

        This is a comment in response to an article on the Times of India The original post,

" How Sonia Gandhi was persuaded to back reforms. Read here: "

Image Ref.

My response,
                 And now, this is what the first surgical incision looks like ;)
Many of us who have followed the situation with reforms and FDI's for several years are fully aware of who exactly in terms of foreign groups and financial entities have been steadily lobbying, bribing and laying down the pressure to enter into the Indian market space and greatly gain out of it. It is important to note that it won't be easy for local players to even come close to tackling, competing or coexisting with the new competition, it won't be easy either to curb foreign investments from serving as instruments for parasitic economics that will over a period of time, perhaps less than a decade, drain capital permanently away from this country.


Update as of 7th December 2012

          A comment in response to a post seen on cnn ibn,

FDI now the law of the land, Opposition graceless in defeat: Anand Sharma "

Find the original post here,


            Just give it 5-10 years; Parasitic economics and exploitation is nothing but an inevitable reality, it is the only tried and tested strategy that will make an entry with tapping into such a large, promising and unexplored market feasible and highly profitable. Over the last decade or so we have seen several examples of this across smaller markets and weaker economies in Europe. At an estimated $450 billion retail is large enough to guarantee a huge impact in India, especially for all those regional ethnic sub-economies that depend on it as a seasonal driver of growth and stability. I guess time will make it clear to all the naysayers that FDI stands for 'Foreign Direct Invasion' ( Represented by Agents of Economic Imperialism, Remember the East India Company? ) opposed to anything else.


Update as of 9th December 2012

          A comment in response to a follow up on the story as seen on cnn ibn,

"Walmart spent Rs 125 crore on lobbying to enter India: Report"

           Although it is safe not to know the Actual figures (vs. what can be disclosed), $25 million, even in relative terms to many Indians.. is still small change compared to the market space they hope to capture and dominate in the coming future. The big question concerns the impact it will have on 'All Things Local' when they employ their standards and practices out there. ( We've seen how well all the IBMs and Accenture's of the IT world have faired in India for a while now) Again, time will tell, but the interesting question that will remain unanswered and obscure is what exactly prevented them and made them take so long since 2008.  Sadly, I'm sure that for some time to come many of the affected and their families will have to dig deep to the very bottom of their hearts when they think of this large American Brand and those corrupt leaders, Both here and there, along with this rather cheap number, that makes all their miseries possible as their hardships come to life.

As a sincere and frank reminder, 

Dear friends (Concerned Citizens/ Journalists/ General Public), 

          Keep a close watch of this company's policies/ business practices, including discrimination, anti competitive practices, aggressive/predatory pricing, the corporation's foreign product sourcing, treatment of product suppliers, environmental practices, the use of public subsidies, low wages, poor working conditions, and the company's security policies. Do you know of retailers out there who would engage in product selection that promotes a new ideology/agenda or even subtly inject a propaganda into the masses. Here's a fine example of all this and a lot more in Walmart. Unfortunately over the years there has not been enough unity or fair democratic values or an essential sense of equality in opportunity among average Americans here to even conjure up or imagine a boycott, but I'd like to believe that this Spirit is still strong in a place like India.

Best Regards.

Jai Krishna Ponnappan