RSTMH's 2017 Meeting Focused on Planetary Health

The Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene held its 2017 annual meeting with an organizing focus on planetary health. The meeting identified challenges and opportunities, and RSMTH's blog summary captures some worthwhile guiding principles for next steps of the work.

From the blog:

As a relatively new field of study, we are urged to use clear and simple language when we talk about planetary health, and to try and avoid being too theoretical. We should ensure the narrative avoids becoming too overwhelming or negative.

With the interdisciplinary nature of the field, it must strive to be focused, realistic and not too extreme in its approach and goals. The approach should be strategic and, at the same time, aim for concrete outcomes, with health as the central focus. Policy recommendations should include the impact on human health and the environment.