The Prognosis, McGill’s student journal of global health, was founded in 2011 by a group of students dedicated to highlighting interdisciplinary scholarship in the emerging field of global health. With each new editorial board, the journal has evolved, though we strive to maintain our initial mandate of promoting research at the intersection of social, biomedical, global and local perspectives on health.
For the second year in a row, Volume six of the Prognosis has a theme: Child & Adolescent Health. As we witness the epidemiological transition from infectious to chronic diseases as the leading cause of mortality worldwide, there is an increasing need for research on the global health issues specific to young people. This publication seeks to highlight both challenges and triumphs in the field of child and adolescent health worldwide.
In this volume, we feature five exceptional research papers from students at McGill University. The topics covered range from suicide awareness in Indigenous communities in Manitoba to radio-based mental health initiatives in Malawi and Tanzania. We feature an article exploring the efficacy of a ban on marketing junk food to children in Taiwan, and two case studies looking, respectively, at the development of the dengue vaccine and India’s impressive campaign to eliminate Polio. The student authors hail from a wide variety of academic backgrounds, including Anthropology, Medicine and Microbiology and represent undergraduate, graduate and PhD programs.
The 2016-2017 Editorial Board is proud to present to you this edition of the Prognosis, on a topic deserving far more attention than it currently receives. We hope you enjoy reading this compilation of student work and we thank you for supporting the next generation of global health leaders.