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Good morning, this is Paula. As countries huddle to discuss a pandemic treaty and the WHO flirts with the “one health” concept, Indigenous communities, who were disproportionately affected by Covid-19 and are recognised as nature's best defenders, feel left out.

Amid this global health systems rethink, a small number of countries have begun to embrace a state-led peer-review process and human rights campaigners slammed Doha’s decision to invite Syria to the Cop28 climate summit in November.

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Paula Dupraz-Dobias


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An Indigenous man wearing a protective mask during a protest against President Jair Bolsonaro's mining politics regarding Indigenous lands, demanding Brazilian environment minister Ricardo Salles' resignation, outside the ministry of the environment in Brasilia on 20 April 2021, during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Keystone/AFP/Sergio Lima)

😷Pandemic treaty talks: is there room for Indigenous knowledge? As the World Health Organization attempts to keep the attention of the international community firmly on the pandemic ball in an bid to prevent future health crises, communities most affected by Covid-19 are feeling left out of health discussions. Indigenous groups are calling for inclusion in the dialogue, even as the WHO pushes its one health concept that emphasises the importance of acting on climate for improved health. The head of COICA, an Amazonian Indigenous organisation, says traditional knowledge may contribute to a new vision of what life should be.

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🏥 WHO’s big idea: what if countries peer-reviewed each other’s health systems? Building on the UN Human Rights Council’s periodic reviews, WHO is trying to get countries to warm up to the idea of cross-reviewing each other’s health systems in order to improve them.

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