The Zika Crisis needs a Global Response

In this paper it is argued that the globe’s responses to viral epidemics and pandemics show a mirror to the inequity embedded in the system of global governance today. We cannot anymore fight this battle virus by virus. A global response will need to address the structural failures of globalization – where it unleashes new challenges at a global scale but forces a response that is not truly international in character. Read the full paper here.

Tax-funded single payer, publicly delivered health services

In its side event organized at the Prince Mahidol Award Conference (PMAC2016), PHM called for the revitalization of Comprehensive Primary Health Care as articulate in the Declaration of Alma Ata 1978 as a base for tax-funded single payer health system that primarily depend on public health service provision. Speakers emphasized the need for careful use of cost-effectiveness analysis to inform priorities, the irreversible privatization and commercialization process promoted by the monetary institutes and consolidated by free trade agreements and highlighted the equity dimension while designing health systems. See presentation: (1) Universal health care: Understanding the debate (Amit Sengupta, India), (2) Dominant approaches to priority setting for UHC undermine the global policy of primary health care (David Sanders, South Africa), (3) Priority setting for universal health care:The macroeconomic context (David Legge, Australia), (4) Two opposite projects for health systems in Latin America (Rafael Gonzales, Mexico), and (5) Summary and emphases (Fran Baum, Australia).

PHM Watchers challenge drift in WHO at its Executive Board Meeting

PHM's 'Watching Team' was at the WHO’s Executive Board (25-30 Jan in Geneva) where it continuously challenged the drift in the WHO through statements read out in the meeting, policy briefs circulated to delegates and live streaming through skype of comments on proceedings of the meeting. See the interventions made by PHM's Watchers: 1) A look at the Margaret Chan's opening address; 2) Trojan Horse of Private Sector interests at the WHO; 3) Reflections on the Ebola crisis; 4) Look beyond cooking stoves for a plan on air pollution; 5) For an effective global plan on vaccination; 6) SSFFC: Hard to pronounce, harder to define and watch the videos herePHM's integrated commentary on the issues in the etire agenda before the Executive Board can be accessed here and Policy Briefs on specific issues are available here. More here about the PHM's WHO-Watch Program.

 

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