On August 16, 2020, the world suddenly lost one of the great scientists in the field of global health - Professor Peter Byass. As a tribute to his work, a special issue of the journal Global Health Action - which Peter Byass co-founded - will be launched on 5 April 2022. Articles will focus on the collection and use of research data on low- and middle-income countries - issues that occupied his research interests: from health systems and demographic surveillance systems to climate change, Zika virus, and the data challenges of the covid-19 pandemic.
Peter was a genuine global health researcher, substantiated in the scientific, traditional way through more than 300 international publications, but first and foremost through his engagement in building capacity for health research in low-income countries.
The launch will take place at an online webinar, hosted by Umeå University - one of Peter's academic homes. The opening tribute will be given by Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus and Professor Stig Wall. The lead authors will then present their papers, with Q&A-sessions where global health students from around the world can ask questions.
“Peter Byass was a leader and a giant in the field of recording births and death, but to him what mattered the most were the people behind the data.” Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus Director-General, World Health Organization