Thursday, January 12, 2012

[EQ] Advancing the Global Health Agenda

Advancing the Global Health Agenda

Ilona Kickbusch, Director of the Global Health Programme, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva
UN Chronicle, Vol. XLVIII No. 4, 2011 (30.12.2011)

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 “……In just over two decades, global health has gained a political visibility and status that some authors have called a political revolution. As health related issues have become a centre piece of the global agenda, significant resources in development aid have been made available to address major health problems. Global health has gained this political prominence because three agendas have reinforced one another in a variety of ways:

·         a security agenda driven by the fear of global pandemics or the intentional spread of disease, in an era where viruses have the potential to spread from one part of the world to another in a matter of hours;

·         an economic agenda, which is concerned not only with the economic impact of poor health on development or of pandemic outbreaks in the global marketplace, but increasingly considers the economic relevance of the health sector, in particular of certain industries, such as tobacco, food, and pharmaceuticals, and the growing global market of goods and services in relation to health;

·         a social justice agenda advocating health as a social value and human right, which includes action on the social determinants of health, access to medicines, support for the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) relating to health, and the active engagement of philanthropies and civil society in a broad range of global health initiatives.

The global health agenda brings together two critical action spheres of our time: managing interdependence and globalization, and addressing the growing inequalities within and between nations through development strategies. It also lies at the intersection of many policy arenas and is subject to a special dynamic…..”



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