Volume 4 of the GLOBAL HEALTH WATCH integrates rigorous analysis, alternative proposals and stories of struggles and change to present a compelling case for the imperative to work for a radical transformation of the way we approach actions and policies on health. It is designed to question present policies on health and to propose alternatives through new analysis.
A global launch is taking place in Thailand on Tuesday 27 January.
The People’s Health Movement (PHM) calls on health activists and public health practitioners around the world to hold their governments accountable for the work of WHO. Governments must be accountable both for their contribution to WHO (financial and technical) and for their implementation of agreed policies. Governments must be held accountable by the activists, organisations and movements who care about better health domestically and who also stand in solidarity with people in other countries – Health for All!
PHM has prepared background briefings on all of the issues on the EB agenda combined with critical comment from the PHM perspective. All of these briefings are linked from PHM’s EB index page. A downloadable integrated commentary (as pdf) is also available from this page. Watch Alice Fabbri (PHM-Italy) talks about WHO-watch.
This chapter argues that the current drift in health systems policy is legitimized by a particular discourse directed at weakening public systems and promote the pursuit of private profit. In consequence, the dominant model of UHC poses a threat to public health systems. The chapter argues that this is even more worrying given compelling evidence that the best models are tax-funded, with universal entitlements to comprehensive services and participatory mechanisms. It concludes that public systems need to be reclaimed by citizens, reformed in peoples' interest and made accountable to citizens. This opening Chapter is followed by five case studies from across the world: UK, Mexico, Brazil, South Africa and Tunesia.