1. On behalf of the Committee on Demographic Studies of the Polish Academy of Sciences we support the call "What should be done for the health care system under  pandemic" by  the experts from the Institute of Public Health (the Medical College of the Jagiellonian University in Cracow), the CASE Scientific Foundation and the Consultative Council of the Polish Society of Public Health who are anxious about Poles. The call has  been published on the  Institute of Public Health webpage https://izp.wnz.cm.uj.edu.pl/pl/blog/co-nalezy-zrobic-dla-systemu-ochrony-zdrowia-w-sytuacji-pandemii/#.

The COVID-19  pandemic as well as the growing threat of emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases, signalled in mortality research since  two decades, along with the declining life expectancy of Poles since 2017 call for  a fundamental  change to  the role of the health care system both today as we are struggling with the COVID-19 coronavirus as well as tomorrow as we have to prepare  for  new challenges. The call  combines both perspectives.

 

The Presidium of the Committee on Demographic Studies of the Polish Academy of Sciences