Global Health Watch 2005-06

An Alternative World Health Report

People's Health Movement, Medact, Medico International, Third World Network, Health Action International, ALAMES, and Health Poverty Action


A comprehensive survey, focusing on the health and welfare of poor and vulnerable groups in all countries.
In 2003 the People's Health Movement, the Global Equity Gauge Alliance and Medact came together to plan a review of the performance of the very institutions that normally write global reports. To turn the tables by reporting and assessing the actions of international health agencies such as the World Health Organization, UNICEF, and the World Bank. It was time to produce an alternative world health report that would highlight the root causes of poor health and reveal the gap between humanitarian rhetoric and reality.

This book presents a challenge to the major global bodies that influence health. The real scandal, it argues, is that the world lacks neither funds nor expertise to solve most of these problems. It is the predominance of conservative thinking and neoliberal economics that has led these institutions, established to promote social justice, into imposing policies and practices that, despite some important initiatives, are actually blocking any hope of meeting the UN's health-related Millennium Development Goals.

Author Bio

Global Health Watch 2005 is a collaboration of leading popular movements and nongovernmental organizations comprising civil society activists, community groups, health workers and academics.

Table of Contents

  • Part A: Health and globalization
    • Health for all in the 'borderless world'?
  • Part B: Health care services and systems
    • 1. Health Care Systems and Approaches to Health Care
    • 2. Medicines
    • 3. The Global Health Worker Crisis
    • 4. Sexual and Reproductive Health
    • 5. Gene Technology
  • Part C: Health of vulnerable groups
    • 1. Indigenous Peoples
    • 2. Disabled People
  • Part D: The wider health context
    • 1. Climate Change
    • 2. Water
    • 3. Food
    • 4. Education
    • 5. War
  • Part E: Holding to account: global institutions, transnational corporations and rich countries
    • 1. World Health Organization
    • 2. UNICEF
    • 3. World Bank and the International Monetary Fund
    • 4. Big Business
    • 5. Aid
    • 6. Debt Relief
    • 7. Essential Health Research
  • Part F: Conclusions
  • Index


'A very good reference for people working in areas affecting the health of populations. It deals with some of the most important issues in today's world. I highly recommend it.'
Vicente Navarro, editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Health Services

'Combines academic analysis with a call to mobilize the health professional community to press for improvements in global health and justice. I hope it will be read by many health professionals in rich and poor countries alike.'
Andy Haines, dean of London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

'The global poor suffer vast health deficits. This greatest moral outrage of our time will continue until citizens firmly place the human rights of the global poor on the political agenda. Global Health Watch is a courageous and promising effort in this direction.'
Thomas Pogge, Australian National University

'It will become the essential guidebook for health activists who want to campaign for a kinder, more equitable, healthier and people-centred world.'
Fran Baum, member of the WHO Commission on the Social Determinants of Health


Publication Date: 1 October 2005
384 pages

Product ISBNs: Paperback: 9781842775691
Library Edition: 9781842775684

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