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As the year 2015 comes to a close, we look back on the grave events that have transpired: the earthquake in Nepal, the ongoing migrant crisis in Europe, the terrorist attacks in Paris, and so many more. The consequences of incidents such as these are hardly ever contained within the borders of the affected countries. On the contrary, when natural disasters and international conflicts occur, it is as if the whole world feels the shock. And of course, with every instance of cataclysmic weather, outbreak of war, or horrifying accident that occurs, the lives of humans all over the world are put at risk. That is why we at the Journal of Global Health seek to highlight how these calamities have affected global health in the immediate past.