Global Health Watch 2Global Health Watch | 2008
Published by Zed Books
The Global Health Watch is a call to all health workers to broaden and strengthen the global community of health advocates taking action on global health inequalities and their underlying political and economic determinants. Like its critically acclaimed predecessor, Global Health Watch 2 covers a comprehensive range of topics, including access to medicines, mental health, water and sanitation, nutrition, and war and conflict.
“...every one of us who is committed to the right to health as a basic human right can make an important contribution...”— Global Health Watch 2
In an increasingly integrated, globalized world with new cross-border threats to health, widening disparities in both health and access to health care, and an unacceptable level of human suffering and premature mortality in developing countries, this book asks: Why is so little progress being made in global health?
Unlike other reports on global health, Global Health Watch 2 draws attention to the politics of global health and the policies and actions of key players. It includes chapters on the US foreign assistance program, the Gates Foundation, the World Bank, the World Health Organization, and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.
Global Health Watch 2 is not only an educational resource for health professionals and activists, it also makes clear the need for global health activists to engage in lobbying key people and organizations to do better and to do more—and resisting those that do harm.
The Global Health Watch is a broad collaboration of public health experts, non-governmental organizations, civil society activists, community groups, health workers and academics. It was initiated by the People’s Health Movement, Global Equity Gauge Alliance and Medact as a platform of resistance to the neoliberal dominance in health.
Praise for Global Health Watch 2"Ambitious, daring and foresighted, everyone should read GHW2. This is a brave report, and everyone will take something from it."
— Gil Walt, Professor of International Health Policy, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine
"This edition explicitly builds upon its predecessor so that the two volumes can be used together...This book makes a compelling and coherent case."
— Vic Neufeld, National Coordinator, Canadian Coalition for Global Health Research
"This second Global Health Watch again gives us a comprehensive accounting of what constitutes our health—or lack of it...Now it is up to us to act."
— Dr. Jeyakumar Devaraj, Member of Parliament, Malaysia
“...an extremely important intervention in the debate on global health policies…sets a new standard for international reports into global social, economic and political issues. All those interested in such critical international issues will find GHW2 essential reading...an important and unique document.”
— Don Robotham, Professor of Anthropology, City University of New York