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2023: A Year of Inequality and Unprecedented Challenges
Digital technology has the potential to enhance health systems, bolster health financing and public health efforts, and expand access to underserved populations, as highlighted in a recent World Bank report. This report, titled " Digital-in-Health: Unlocking the Value for Everyone,” was unveiled during the G20 Health Ministers Meeting in Gandhinagar, India. It introduces a paradigm shift from mere digitization of health data to a comprehensive integration of digital technology across various aspects of health systems management and service delivery.
Stressing that agricultural subsidies rarely achieve their stated purposes, a World Bank Report states that they often wreak havoc on forests, water supplies and public health. Although agricultural subsidies are often intended to increase the efficiency of production, they usually have the opposite effect, making farming less efficient.
Cities - home to more than half of the world’s population and responsible for about 70% of global greenhouse gas emissions – are at the heart of the climate challenge, according to a World Bankreport. A new World Bank report, "Thriving: Making Cities Green, Resilient, and Inclusive in a Changing Climate," looks into the role cities play in both stopping climate change and protecting people from its impacts.
The poorest countries now spend over a tenth of their export revenues for their long-term public and publicly guaranteed external debt—the highest...