Where does global health fit in a post-truth world?
With the rise of public figures and public campaigns that appeal on an emotional level and disregard the evidence, the ‘truth’ is just one of many competing narratives. Global health has always had to navigate the tension between health beliefs and scientific evidence, but does the broader challenge to the notion of ‘expertise’ create an additional threat to global health practice? Should global health embrace the trend and play the emotional game to achieve its higher aims? Or should it always stick with the evidence however ‘unpopular’? Join us to discuss these and other issues as we explore where global health fits in a ‘post-truth’ world.
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The Lancet and ECOHOST – The Centre for Health and Social Change on behalf of LSHTM have teamed up to present Global Health Lab, a series of focussed discussions on key global health challenges facing the international community today. Global Health Lab aims to provide a forum for lively debate and to exchange ideas that will push forward both research and policy agendas.