Global Health Watch 3
An Alternative World Health Report
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About 'Global Health Watch 3' -
In and increasingly globalised world with new cross-border threats to public health and widening disparities between populations, civil society actors are challenging the existing structures of global health policies.
Like its critically acclaimed predecessors, this third volume of Global Health Watch covers a comprehensive range of topics, including access to medicines, mental health, water and sanitation, nutrition, and war and conflict. Unlike most documentations of global health, it also draws attention to the politics of global health and the policies and actions of key actors.
Global Health Watch books are the definite independent sources of data on global health, and this third volume offers unique and essential information for anyone working in the field.
About the Authors -
The Global Health Watch is a broad collaboration of public health experts, non-governmental organisations, 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 neo-liberal dominance in health.
'Global Health Watch 3, like the previous editions of the Watch, provides us with compelling evidence about all that is wrong with the governance of health care systems across the world. At the same time it also provides us with hope, in the many stories about what can be done and what is being done. The challenge before us is to act decisively on the evidence provided.' - Dr.Hafden Mahler former Director General of World Health Organization
''Global Health Watch 3' provides the thorough and provoking overview of Global Health issues that we have come to expect from the series. The case studies of change in action provide powerful evidence that poverty and inequity are neither inevitable nor insurmountable, and my students are going to relish debating the feasibility of redesigning health and healthcare using the alternative blue-print suggested in the latter half of the book.' - Dr Jolene Skordis-Worrall, Lecturer in Health Economics, UCL Institute for Global Health
'Since 2005, when the first edition of Global Health Watch was launched in Cuenca, Ecuador, each new edition has provided an entirely new and stirring account of creativity and courage from peoples and communities in all corners of the world, as they relentlessly struggle against the wide-ranging, criminal path of capitalism, rapaciously determined to cause ever more suffering and death. GHW-3, surpassing its forerunners, masterfully addresses the relationship among health, health inequalities and their social determinants with exceptional scientific rigor, providing us with an indispensible reference for academics, activists, policy-makers, leaders, government officials, and students. Each section in the book objectively describes and supports the facts, while also unmasking the underlying processes, laying out new paths, and evaluating proposals. Reading the GHW-3 is a necessary step in understanding how challenging and urgent change is, but that it is increasingly necessary for the survival of our planet Earth.' - Vice Health Minister of El Salvador, Dr. Eduardo Espinoza
'Excellent ... I highly recommend this treasure trove, which is full of food for thought, to scholars and health workers alike' - Dr Maria Isabel Rodriguez, Rector of University of El Salvador 1999-2007
'The Global Health Watch confirms the failure of the UN, the capitalism and the liberal democracy. It also convinces us that we shall need a radically new manner of thinking if mankind is to survive.' - Dr. Suwit Wibulpolprasert, MD., Senior Advisor on Disease Control, Ministry of Public Health, Thailand
'... an important contribution to understand the overwhelming health problems and their relation to the globalised oppressive world economy' - Asa Cristina Laurell, former Secretary of Health of Mexico City and Secretary of Health of the Legitimate Government of Mexico.
'An incisive socio-political critique of contemporary global health issues which focuses on determinants rather than diseases, enables the reader to unravel the complexity of global economic governance of health, and helps us understand why appalling health inequities persist across and within nations - a must-read for anyone involved or interested in public health.' - K. Srinath Reddy, president, Public Health Foundation of India
'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, 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.' - Professor Andy Haines, Dean, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine
'It is very good to see issues of trade and globalization reflected prominently in a report aimed at health professionals. Global Health Watch provides them with a resource to engage in debates about these non-clinical, structural determinants of poor health.' - Martin Khor, Director, Third World Network
'Governments and intergovernmental organizations have structured our social world so that half of humankind still lives in severe poverty. These global poor suffer vast health deficits. This greatest moral outrage of our time will continue until citizens reflect on its causes and 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, Professorial Research Fellow, Centre for Applied Philosophy, Australian National University
'Global Health Watch offers a critique of global trends that threaten health including the practices of multinational corporations, the false promise of the genetics revolution, the scandal of hunger in a world of plenty and the failure of UN institutions such as WHO to l'