Thematic Guide: Global health policy and governance
Whose voice is heard at the World Health Assembly?
How can civil society raise its voice and get involved in global health policy? What does good governance for health - at a national and global level - mean to us? Our thematic guide to internet resources leads you beyond the limits of
the Medicus Mundi International Network. Any important resources missing? Please let us know.
The MMI global health governance team.
See our specific thematic guides on the following topics:
- People's Health Movement (PHM)
"The PHM has its roots
deep in the grassroots people's movement and owes its genesis to many
health networks and activists who have been concerned by the growing
inequities in health over the last 25 years. The PHM calls for a
revitalisation of the principles of the Alma-Ata Declaration which
promised Health for All by the year 2000 and complete revision of
international and domestic policy that has shown to impact negatively
on health status and systems." www.phmovement.org
- The Global Health Watch
"A call to all
health workers to broaden and strengthen the global community of health
advocates who are taking action on global ill-health and inequalities,
and their underlying political and economic determinants."
- Action for Global Health
"A cross-Europe network of NGOs and charities, calling for Europe to act now to enable developing countries to achieve the health Millennium Development Goals by 2015."
"The Regional Network on Equity in Health in Southern Africa, is a network of professionals, civil society members, policy makers, state officials and others within the region who have come together as an equity catalyst, to promote and realise shared values of equity and social justice in health."
- Health Action International (HAI)
HAI is a non-profit, independent, worldwide network of
over 200 members including consumer groups, public interest NGOs,
health care providers, academics, media and individuals in more than 70
countries. HAI works towards a world in which all people, especially the poor
and marginalised, are able to exercise their human right to health.
HAI’s contribution is through advocating for increased access to
essential medicines and improved rational use of medicines
- Economic Governance for Health
“Mobilize health workers and global health advocates to speak out and act on global economic governance.”
- Health Workforce Advocacy Initiative
The civil-society led network of the Global Health Workforce Alliance
- Medicus Mundi International Network
Last, but not least: "Medicus Mundi International is the Network of private not-for-profit organisations working in the field of international health cooperation and advocacy"
Campaigns and projects come and go. The links below refer to selecte ongoing global campaigns.
- Democratising Global Health Governance
Including: WHO Watch
The MMI Network participates in a project directed to changing the patterns of global decision making and implementation in matters which affect the global health crisis. The original project proposal emerged out of the Workshop on Democratising Global Health Governance held in Geneva on 14-15 May, 2010.
- The Right to Health and Health Care Campaign
idea of the campaign is to change the international approach to health
and development, and, via a ‘Global Action Plan on the Right to Health
Care,’ convincingly show how quality essential health care services
(based upon the Alma Ata Primary Health Care model could be made
available NOW to every human being on earth, provided certain key
reallocation of priorities and resources."
- NGO Code of Conduct for Health Systems Strengthening
"A response to the recent growth in the number of international non-governmental organizations (NGOs) associated with increase in aid flows to the health sector. It is intended as a tool for service organizations – and eventually, funders and host governments. The code serves as a guide to encourage NGO practices that contribute to building public health systems and discourage those that are harmful. The document was drafted by a coalition of activist or service delivery organizations, including Health Alliance International, Partners in Health, Health GAP, and Action Aid International." The MMI Network endorsed the Code in 2010.
- Beyond 2015
"A global campaign aiming to influence the creation of a post 2015 development framework." The MMI Network is a member of the campaign.
- Conflicts of Interest Coalition
Coalition around a civil society statement on the lack of clarity regarding the role of the private sector in public policy-making in relation to the prevention and control of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) sent to the President of the United Nations General Assembly 2011.
UNGA resolution on global
health and foreign policy, 17 December 2015
Text (PDF): https://t.co/cAvlCgdMwM
- Global health and foreign
policy in the UN (history, by WHO)
- WHO's work with the
United Nations (overview, by WHO)
- Politics or Technocracy –
What Next for Global Health? Ilona Kickbusch
- Navigating Between
Stealth Advocacy and Unconscious Dogmatism: The Challenge of Researching the
Norms, Politics and Power of Global Health. Gorik Ooms
- Philanthropic Power and
Development - Who shapes the agenda? Jens
Martens and Karolin Seitz
Fit for Whose
Purpose? - Private Funding and Corporate Influence in the United Nations
- Coherence and synergy
among global health initiatives. Zicker et
- Towards a simple typology
of international health partnerships. S. Edwards et al.
- Why we need the Framework
Convention on Global Health following the SDGs. Eric A Friedman
conceptual pluralism to practical agreement on policy: global responsibility
for global health. Prah Ruger et al.
of researching the norms, politics and power of global health. Gorik Ooms
International Health Regulations 10 years on: Governing framework for
global health security. Gostin et al.
financing for global health is channelled to global vs. country-specific
The Future of
Public Health. Thomas R. Frieden
future of Public Health. Philip Lederer
proposes establishment of multisectoral HRH network as successor of GHWA
of Roll Back Malaria & closure of its secretariat at WHO (more global
health governance "light" ahead?)
the global health system. Philip Angelides
Global governance for
health. Documentation of GHRF workshop, 1-2 September 2015
A Progressively Realizable Right to Health and Global
Governance. Norman Daniels
Analysing Proposals for Reform of the Global Health
10 years of International Health Regulations: Why they
First meeting of WHO IHR Review Committee, 24-25
independent, multi-stakeholder" commission on Global Health Risk Framework
Outcome of the Financing for
Development Conference: Fishing for crumbs of hope in a sea of lost ambition. Aldo
A framework on the emergence
and effectiveness of global health networks. Jeremy Shiffman et al.
- Global Health Watch
determinants of international health policy. Pol De Vos and Patrick Van der
- The political determinants of global health governance. Ilona Kickbusch
- Why the WHO should be involved in trade agreements. Wemos policy brief
- People’s Health
Movement: Submission on Trade and Health to the Independent Panel on Global
Governance for Health
- Contributions of
Global Health Diplomacy to equitable health systems in east and southern
Africa. Workshop report
- Law as vital
tool for the public's health
- Who lives and who dies? By
Paul Farmer on stupid deaths & global health care
Nutrition and Global Health Policy: A
Critical Moment. Jonathan H. Marks
- Engaging the public on
global health. Sara Gorman
- Health and politics for
2015 and beyond. Ted Schrecker and
- Power and Priorities: The
Growing Pains of Global Health. Karen Grepin
- Advancing political economy
of global health to understand and influence the drivers of UHC
- Health in all policies
training manual. WHO 2015
(PPPs) don’t work: The many advantages of the public alternative. D Hall
Policy and Public Health. Sharon Friel et al.
- Could the TTip trade deal
undo development gains? Barbara Crowther
- EU trade secrets directive
threat to free speech, health, environment and worker mobility
- Improving regulatory
capacity to manage risks associated with trade agreements. Helen L Walls et al.
- Trade and investment
agreements: a call for evidence. Independent Panel on Global Governance for
- New ODI report: how
democratisation contributed to better health and education in Ghana
- Illicit financial flows,
human rights and the post2015 development agenda. Report to UN OHCHR
- Independent Panel on Global Governance for
- The health impact of trade and investment
agreements. Independent health governance panel calls for submissions
- Don't Trade Away Our Health. Joseph Stiglitz
- International Relations vs Global Governance.
- Is global health neocolonialist? Richard Horton "offline"
- Trojan Multilateralism: Global Cooperation in Health. Devi Sridhar and Ngaire Woods
- The PHM's Amit Sengupta and David Sanders discuss the global health crisis (video)
- Framing health and foreign policy: lessons for global health diplomacy. Ron Labonté
- A Game Change in Global Health: The Best Is Yet to Come
Ilona Kickbusch http://goo.gl/IlYY2Z
- A non-state centric governance framework for global health. Rachel Kiddell-Monroe
- A global social contract for a healthy global society: Why, what and how. S. Moon
- On social contracts and civil society. Werner Soors
- Is the new ‘golden age of philanthropy’ a sign of good times or bad? Tom Paulson
- Global health: Decision making in the midst of uncertainty. David Dowdy
- Want to save lives? You need a map of what’s doing us in. L Simmon on causes of untimely death
- Public health in the 21st century: too big to fail? WHO DG Chan
addresses US Department of Health and Human Services
- Reverse innovation in global health systems - special issue of G&H
- Partnerships of Peril: Keeping Food, Alcohol and Beverage Industries Out
of Global Health Governance
- Health policy: nanny state or catalyst for change? Jo Jewell
- Transnational transparency: Why does it matter for global health? Suerie Moon
- Does Global Health exist? Health, science and politics in Global South. Face à face, themed issue
- Why global health? Polio in Syria, dengue in Texas and West Nile’s deadlier cousin. Tom Paulson
- A new generation of trade policy: potential risks to diet-related health from TPP agreement. Friel et al.
- Moving from global health 3.0 to global health 4.0. Richard Smith
- Global Markets, Global Citizens, and Global Governance in the 21st Century. Nancy Birdsall et al
- Tackling Antibiotic Resistance for Greater Global Health Security. Gemma L. Buckland
Merrett, Chatham House
- Global health in foreign policy—and foreign policy in health? Evidence
from the BRICS. Nicola F. Watt,
- Redefining global health-care delivery. By Jim Yong Kim, Paul Farmer,
Michael E Porter
- The Existential Challenges to Global Health, Laurie Garrett
for health - beyond the current crisis: Towards an organic & cohesive World
Health Movement. Jaime Breilh
health governance after 2015. Gorik Ooms et al.
health boomerang – The risk of seeing past and present as prologue. Tom Paulson
- A special
role for WHO in creation of a living global health governance constitution. M.
paper on WHO’s role in global health governance: slow progress; weakest link in
overall reform process?
- Governance for health in the 21st century. Ilona Kickbusch and David Gleicher for WHO Europe, 2013
activism in a globalising era: lessons past for efforts future. Ronald Labonté
global health begins at home. Geneva Graduate Institute briefing paper
and global engagement with global health. Peter Friberg et al.
how and why health is integrated into foreign policy (UK case study). ML Gagnon
and R Labonté
neoliberal epidemic striking healthcare. John Lister
- How AIDS
invented global health. Allan M. Brandt
- The truth about global health
(what a title!). Martin Drewry
the right to health through a Framework Convention on Global Health? Themed
issue of HHR journal
- The survival
of “Global Health”: New global health architecture does not match its emerging
mission. Laurie Garrett
survival of “Global Health”: The future of funding. Laurie
- Who Runs
the Global Health World? (not women...) Victoria Fan
health governance. Ravi Duggal
and national policy space for health. Koivusalo et al. in: Health in All
Policies (May 2013, pdf)
changing landscape of global health diplomacy. CSIS Global Health Policy
Center, April 2013
of multilateral proto-institutions in global health and new approaches to
governance. EJ Gómez and R Atun
health priorities – priorities of the wealthy? Eeva Ollila
- The grand
decade for global health: 1998–2008. Jon Lidén, April 2013
- The impact of globalization on national public health. Wemos background document for Dutch stakeholder meeting. Remco van de Pas, April 2013
in and perspectives on global health diplomacy. Rene Loewenson et al., Equinet
discussion paper 96
health diplomacy: advancing foreign policy and global health interests. J
Michauda and J Katesa
health diplomacy: five years on. Ilona Kickbusch & Mihály Kökény
challenges in global health. Julio Frenk and Suerie Moon
crises and global health: New and necessary frontiers of health politics. Ted Schrecker
- Aid: It
is the end of the world as we know it …and I feel fine. Bruno Meesen
of health care and global health. Robin Coupland
- A public sector for the whole world could end aid as we know it
- Global health diplomacy: health promotion and smart power
Manrique Gil, ISGlobal
- The global health regime
(US) Council on Foreign Relations issue brief on global health challenges and lack of coordination and coherence, August 2012 (update)
- Future global priorities or beyond 2015
Gorik Ooms at AIDS 2012 conference, July 2012
- Demanding implementation of the right to health – what next?
Mark Heywood, 3rd People's Health Assembly, July 2012
ppt slides as pdf
- Global governance for health: WHO, EU and Trojan multilateralism
Remco van de Pas, 3rd People's Health Assembly, July 2012
ppt slides as pdf
- Global health – frameworks and institutions
Remco van de Pas, Global health summer course University of Utrecht, July 2012
ppt slides as pdf
- Global health and national borders: the ethics of foreign aid in a time of financial crisis
Mira Johri, Ryoa Chung, Angus Dawson and Ted Schrecker
- ‘Reshaping global health’ – a radical proposal for global health?
Blog by Andrew Harmer on Dybul, Peter Piot and Julio Frenk (see below) and interesting debate with Gorik Ooms, June 2012
- Reshaping global health. Time for a structural and philosophical shift.
Mark Dybul, Peter Piot and Julio Frenk, June 2012
- From the Earth Summit to Rio+20: integration of health and sustainable development
Andy Haines, George Alleyne, Ilona Kickbusch, Carlos Dora, June 2012
- Manifesto "Health for All: Justice for All". Global Campaign for a Framework Convention on Global Health
JALI, May 2012
- Global health governance and financing mechanisms
Samantha Battams and Thiago Luchesi, May 2012
- Advancing the Global Health Agenda
Ilona Kickbusch in: UN Chronicle, December 2011
- Why we need a Commission on Global Governance for Health
Ministers of Foreign Affairs of Brazil, France, Indonesia, Norway, Senegal, Thailand in: The Lancet, December 2011
- Are the ‘Good Times’ Over? Looking to the Future of Global Health Governance
Owain David Williams and Simon Rushton in: GHG, November 2011
- Governance for health in the 21st century
Ilona Kickbusch and David Gleicher for WHO Europe, August 2011
- Revitalising primary health care requires an equitable global economic system - now more than ever
David Sanders et al. in: JECH (2009/2011)
- Global Health: What it has been so far, what it should be, and what it could become
G. Ooms et al., ITM Antwerp, June 2011
- Time to untie the knots: the WHO reform and the need of democratizing
Statement of Delhi consultation, May 2011
- Towards a global agreement on national and global responsibilities for health.
LO Gostin et al. in: PLoS Medicine, May 2011
- Realising the Right to Health in Our Lifetimes? Towards a Framework Convention on the Right to Health.
Section27 discussion document, March 2011
health and foreign policy
UN General Assembly resolution, December 2010
- The end of Official Development Assistance (ODA):
The birth of hypercollective action
JM Severino/O Ray, CGDev 2010
- The 10 challenges of global health governance
Ilona Kickbusch, presentation delivered at the June 2010 "Global Health: Together we can make it" conference in Brussels
- The Global Health System: Actors, Norms, and Expectations in Transition.
Nicole A. Szlezák et al. in: PLoS Med 7(1).
- Civil Society Organizations and the Functions of Global Health Governance:
What Role within Intergovernmental Organizations?
Kelley Lee in: Global Health Governance (2010)
- International obligations through collective rights: Moving from foreign health assistance to global health governance
Benjamin Mason Meier and Ashley M. Fox in: Health and Human Rights Vol 12, No 1: (2010)
- The Challenges of Global Health Governance.
David P. Fidler, Council on Foreign Relations working paper, May 2010
- Addressing global health governance challenges through a new mechanism: the proposal for a Committee C of the World Health Assembly
Ilona Kickbusch et al. in: JLME (2010, pdf)
- Evolution of Global health policies since the Alma Ata Conference: A long way back towards Health for All
"The history since the declaration of Alma Ata recounts about privatisation, fragmentation and confused global health governance." Eduardo Missoni, in: Bulletin of Medicus Mundi Switzerland (2009)
- Global health governance
Chapter of: Global Health Watch 2, October 2008
- Global health: a pressing foreign policy issue of our time.
Oslo Ministerial Declaration, 20 March 2007
This section of the guide is updated monthly
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- WHO: Register of non-State actors
"For WHO to fulfil its leadership role in global
health and to act as the directing and coordinating authority on
international health work, it proactively engages with non-State actors
for the advancement and protection of public health in order to foster
the use of non-State actors’ resources in favour of public health and to
encourage non-State actors to improve their own activities to protect
and promote public health. WHO defines a non-State actor as an entity
that is not part of any State or a public institution. WHO engages with
non-State actors ranging from grass roots community organizations to
nongovernmental organizations, from philanthropic foundations to
academic institutions, and from laboratory networks to private
commercial enterprises and professional or patients’ groups, to name a
- United Nations: Non-Governmental Liaison Service (UN-NGLS)
"We promote dynamic partnerships between the United Nations and non-governmental organisations. By providing information, advice, expertise and consulting and support service, NGLS is part of the United Nations effort to strengthen dialogue and win support for economic and social development.