The Global Health Watch, now in its fourth edition, is perceived widely as the definitive voice for an alternative discourse on health. It 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 was conceived in 2003 as a collaborative effort by activists and academics from across the world, and is designed to question present policies on health and to propose alternatives. Global Health Watch 4 has been coordinated by six civil society organizations
– the People’s Health Movement, ALAMES, Health Action International, Medico International, Third World Network and Medact.
Global Health Watch 4, like the preceding volumes published in 2005, 2008 and 2011, provides analysis of contemporary issues that impact on health. It provides policy analysis, debates technical issues, and provides perspectives on current global processes. The GHW does not limit itself to the ‘health sector’ but extends its scrutiny to all those areas that determine whether people are able to live healthy and fulfilling lives. We hope the contents will be of use to a wide range of readers – activists, academics, developmental agencies and policy-makers.Global Health Watch 4 provides information and analysis, but it also takes sides. The analysis and alternatives that we present are embodied in a vision of a society that is more just, more equal and more humane. Many of the stories that we include inspire hope that change can happen, and is actually happening in many parts of the world.
As in the case of the previous editions, the contents of Global Health Watch 4 are divided into five interlinked sections. The section on the ‘The Global political and economic architecture’ locates the decisions and choices that impact on health in the present structure of global power relations and economic governance. The section ‘Health systems: current issues and debates’ looks at contemporary debates on health systems in different parts of the world, to draw appropriate lessons and propose concrete actions. The third section, ‘Beyond healthcare’, engages with multiple social and structural determinants of health. The section on ‘Watching’ scrutinizes global processes and institutions which have significant impact on global health. The final section foregrounds stories of action and resistance, from different parts of the world.
Section A: The global political and economic architecture
A1: The health crises of neoliberal globalization
A2: Fiscal policies in Europe in the wake of the economic crisis: implications for health
A3: Social struggle, progressive governments, and health in Latin America
Section B: Health systems: current issues and debates
B1: The current discourse on Universal Health Coverage (UHC)
B2: The National Health Service (NHS): prey to neoliberal lust for markets
B3: Reform of the Mexican healthcare system: the untold story
B4: Brazil: the rocky road to a universal healthcare system
B5: South Africa: building or destroying health systems?
B6: The right to health in Tunisia
B7: The revival of community health workers in national health systems
B8: The crisis of maternal and reproductive health
B9: The global health workforce crisis
B10: The politics and landscape of medical devices in a global market
Section C: Beyond healthcare
C1: Social protection: reimagining development
C2: Non-communicable diseases: is big business hijacking the debate?
C3: Nutrition and food sovereignty
C4: Breaking free from gender-based violence
C5: Talking shit: is Community Led Total Sanitation empowering or divisive?
Section D: Watching
D1: WHO reform: for what purpose?
D2: A new ‘business model’ for NGOs?
D3: Private sector influence on public health policy
D4: The TRIPS agreement: two decades of failed promises
D6: The International Finance Corporation’s ‘Health in Africa’ initiative
Section E: Resistance, actions and change
E1: Reframing health in Bolivia around the concept of ‘living well’
E2: Social change in El Salvador and the health sector
E3: Venezuela: the impact on health of social change
E4: Colombia: social struggles against the commodification of health
E5: Peru: social movement against neoliberal reforms
E6: Struggles for health in Europe
E7: The struggle against a destructive mining project in Greece
E8: The Right to Food campaign in India
E9: Aboriginal community-controlled health services in Australia
Regional GHW4 for Latin America : La lucha por el derecho a la salud en America Latina (PHM-ALAMES)