The ‘circular economy’ (CE) concept is fast becoming a new model for resilient growth. A circular economy is one in which products and materials are recycled, repaired and reused rather than thrown away, and in which waste from one industrial process becomes a valued input into another.
The CE offers a promising alternative strategy for industrial development and job creation to the traditional manufacturing-led growth pathway. The CE continues to be understood primarily as a waste management and recycling strategy, but the economic opportunities are far broader and more diverse.
Developed-country governments have an important role to play in facilitating a meaningful dialogue on how the international dynamics of CE policies may best be managed.
It is increasingly clear that maternal mental health is one of the most crucial determinants of a child’s mental health – which in turn suggests that if we want to improve the emotional health of children in this country we should be focusing on families, not individuals.
Given the fundamental importance of maternal mental health to the health of children and families, we need to be actively seeking answers to these questions, as well as thinking about how to integrate maternal mental health into child health programmes.
The increase in awareness and recognition of the importance of mental health is welcome, but there needs to be a policy shift to reflect the mountain of evidence showing that the key determinants of health lie outside of the health care system.