Juxtaposition #ThrowbackTwenty15


We made a resolution last year to have a “year-in-review” post up before the year ended. And like all resolutions it fell behind. But what better way to recover from the extended-New-Year-party-weekend than to have a look back and reminisce.

Since we are a student publication, we go through that exciting ritual of shedding the old team, and electing and hiring a new one over the summer (outgoing members excited to leave, and naive incoming members excited to join). The old team’s great epilogue was the print publication of Juxtaposition’s Issue 8.1. Check out the fancy illustrations. You can also pick one up at our office.

But before that, our stats suggest, we published some good articles online. We covered PEACH (Palliative Education and Care for the Homeless), which, as the name suggests, is a program to provide early palliative care for vulnerably housed and homeless individuals in Toronto.

Following the Ebola epidemic, we covered an event at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health that discussed some of the lessons learnt from the failures in the response.

On the more science-y side, we looked at the potential and pitfalls of new technologies aimed at engineering mosquitoes to tackle dengue and malaria.

After transition, we organized the biggest Toronto Thinks Global Health Case Competition yet, thanks to an amazing team. We had 72 participants from across Canada who presented solutions on monitoring TB in conflict zones in Eastern Ukraine. The winners will get their solution published in Global Health Now.

On the editorial side, we published a good overview of the implications of the Trans-Pacific Partnership on the prospects of Pharmacare in Canada. Hint: It’s not good. On the theme of trade policies, we also had a historical overview of the legal battle in South Africa to increase access to HIV/AIDS treatment.

We covered and supported the REINVENT Conference on Neglected Diseases. The interdisciplinary conference, with speakers from across Canada and the US, explored social, structural, economic and historic causes of neglect. From the conference’s blog, we reclaimed our ex-co-EIC’s take on deconstructing the “tropical” in neglected diseases.

On the theme of mental health, we looked at the prospects of the new Sustainable Development Goals, and the current strategies of the WHO. We also covered the neglected issue of mental health amongst Inuit populations.

In 2016, we will have a monthly coffee house to discuss global health issues, and an event on Aboriginal health. A podcast is also in the works. For all this and more, follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Finally, submit articles and join the conversation!