Thematic Guide: Global health policy and governance
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. For thematic initiatives, please refer to the respective topic pages. For MMI Network resources, please refer to our "Global Health Policy" main page, and, finally, our "Global health" program page lists the initiatives and coalitions the MMI Network is actively involved in. Any important resources missing? Please let us know.
See our specific thematic guides on the following topics:
- WHO reform: the debate
- Health in the post-2015 UN development agenda
- Universal Health Coverage (in: health systems)
- Social and economic determinants of health (in: social determinants)
- The role of NGOs (in: health system integration)
- 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 ongoing global campaigns.
- Democratising Global Health
The MMI Network is part of the "Democratising Global Health" platform of NGOs established in the follow-up of a civil society consultation in New Delhi, May 2011, and closely watching the WHO reform process and the content of reform - even though no official space has been opened up to a consultation with public interest groups.
- 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
"The overall 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.
Convention on Global Health (FCGH)
The MMI Network is part of a network of civil society and academics working towards Framework Convention on Global Health (FCGH).
- HIFA 2015
"The HIFA2015 campaign was launched in Mombasa, Kenya in October 2006, at the 10th Congress of the Association for Health Information and Libraries in Africa. Our shared goal is: By 2015, every person worldwide will have access to an informed healthcare provider.
- More Health Workers!
"The world is suffering from a massive gap of more than 3.5 million health workers.
Join with over 250 organisations who have already signed up to our urgent call for more health workers, better supported." (May 2011)
- 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.
- Smart governance for health and wellbeing: the
evidence. Ilona Kickbusch and David Gleicher (eds.)
- Health in All (Foreign)
Policy: challenges in achieving coherence. Ronald Labonte
- Hard look at global
health measures: Convincing evidence that large-scale projects save lives?
- The G20 and global health
– towards convergence?
- The state of global
health in 2014. Jaime Sepúlveda and Christopher Murray
- The GAVI Alliance and the ‘Gates approach’ to
health system strengthening"
- Investing for the Few:
The IFC’s Health in Africa initiative. Marriott/Hamer
- Health as a political choice (1): Read the
Lancet/Oslo report (not only summary, but case studies)
- Health as a political choice (2): Dave McCoy and
Guddi Singh on "Anti-Politics"
- Multiple crises and
global health: New and necessary frontiers of health politics. Ted Schrecker
- The Kim doctrine for the
World Bank: foster economic growth, invest in people and social protection.
- Global health in foreign
policy - and foreign policy in health? Evidence from BRICS. Nicola F Watt et
- Final report by
Intergovernmental Committee of Experts on Sustainable Development Financing
- Global governance for financing sustainable development. In: Final report by ICESDF, p. 42ff. (pdf) http://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/content/documents/4588FINAL%20REPORT%20ICESDF.pdf
- What is Global
Health? Tim Evans
- Trade In Services Agreement TiSA - What is it and why is it important to
take action NOW!
- Transnational governance and democratic legitimacy. The case of global
health. Louise Van Schaik and Remco van de Pas
health: Lancet call for papers
- A 21st century
upgrade for global health. Gemma Bowsher
- Call for blogs
on Multistakeholder Governance for Health
- Politics as a
resource for health
- Reimagining the meaning of health. Richard Horton
- Public-private partnerships: A 'win-win' for global health? Marissa Miley
- Planetary health. The Economist special edition
- Health security in 2014: building on preparedness knowledge for emerging
health threats. Ali S Khan et al.
- Two books reviewed: Why global governance is failing / Why global cooperation is failing http://www.globalpolicyjournal.com/blog/19/06/2014/book-review-why-global-governance-failing-and-what-we-can-do-about-why-global-cooper
- Commission on Global Governance for Health: what about power? Robert Marten et al. http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736%2814%2961076-X/fulltext
- A ghost in the machine? Politics in global health policy. Carlos Bruen
and Ruairí Brugha
- New and ambitious platform for a Framework Convention on Global Health
Global rules for global health: why we need an independent, impartial WHO
- Health justice in global governance – the quest
continues. Renzo R. Guinto
Responsibilities: A Coherent Global Framework for Health Financing.
gains in life expectancy. World Health Statistics 2014
Stepping out of the
silos: integrating global health into trade negotiations. Kristine Onarheim
- Proposed plans for US-EU trade TTIP deal would weaken health, consumer,
worker and environmental protections
- The case against global health - "an
increasingly toxic network of sinister alliances" Richard Horton
- Medicalization of global health. Article series by Jocalyn
- BRICS and global health. Bulletin of the World
Health Organization, special theme
- UN Special - Special issue on global health
- So, what do you do?
Me? I ... I'm in global health.
- A manifesto for
planetary health. Schuftan et al.
related to http://t.co/1p0wFlfXdw
- Lancet Commission
on health governance: withdraw your recommendations, come up with better ones!
- Commission on
Global health governance: just another report? De Vos et al.
and authors' reply
- The multiple meanings of
global health governance: a call for conceptual clarity. K Lee, A Kamradt-Scott
- Why global health
should embrace the global precariat. Kristof Decoster
- Governance for
health, wellbeing and sustainability – what is at stake. Commentary by Ilona
- Power: The nexus of
global health diplomacy? Robert Marten et al.
- When will the
global health community confront the political economy of ‘country ownership’?
SM Topp et al.
- What could research
on national policies on global health reveal about global health governance?
perspectives in global health diplomacy. Rene Loewenson et
- Is global health
about gizmos or people? Julia E. Robinson
- Financing Global
Health 2013: Transition in an Age of Austerity. IHME
- The cure for global
- Time to move from
pruning trees in global health to forest management. Dave Algos
- What have
economists ever done for global health? Richard Horton
- Back to the fuzzy
future in global health. A remarkably "tough one" by Tom Paulson
- The political origins of health inequity: prospects for change. Lancet Oslo Commission on global health governance http://www.thelancet.com/commissions/global-governance-for-health
- "From public to planetary health":
Sign the Lancet Manifesto!
- The Donors’
Dilemma' - A Manifesto for International Public Finance in the 21st Century.
- Investing in health. Lancet debate
- ...and more:
On global health - stick to sovereignty. Wim De Ceukelaire and Marc Johan Botenga
What does UHC mean? Raoul A Bermejo et al.
Investing in health. Robert Yates and Ranu S Dhillon
- The battle against
commercialization of ".health" is most probably lost
...despite the clear statement by the last World Health Assembly that ".health" should be protected http://apps.who.int/gb/ebwha/pdf_files/WHA66/A66_R24-en.pdf
- A late night attempt at a Hippocratic Oath
for (health) economists. Kristof
- Global health impacts of policies: lessons
from the UK. Modi K Mwatsama et al.
- Health as a universal right – Civil society
hopes and struggles.
- Engaging in global health: Who sets the
- A new governance space for health. Ilona Kickbusch
and Martina Marianna Cassar Szabo
- Global health in the 21st century. Ulrich Laaser and Helmut Brand
- Facets of Global Health: Globalisation,
Equity, Impact and Action (Special issue)
- Foreign Policy and Global Health - A Hybrid
- Global health and global citizenship. Chris
- Not everybody’s
business: corporate crowding into the tents of global governance
- Response by Tom
Paulson on annual letter Bill and Melinda Gates
- The next era of global health? Follow the
money. Ilona Kickbusch
- Julio Frenk et al. call for globalising global
health - as health of global population. Not really new, but inspiring
- The unruled world. Stewart Patrick makes the
case for "good enough global governance"
- Happy New Year from WHO with this review of
2013 global health highlights
- Global health: The
elephant in the G20′s living room. Amber Cashwell
- Ever wonder what
Europe really invests in health aid? The new AFGH report can tell you!
- MDGs and
NTDs: Reshaping the global health agenda. James Smith and Emma Michelle Taylor
- Why Japan has made
worldwide access to healthcare coverage a critical element of its foreign
policy. Laurie Garrett
- Health diplomacy
meets science diplomacy - videos etc. from the 6th high level global health
- Making PEPFAR.
Harold Varmus gives insights into US health diplomacy & political
determinants of global health
- Governance for
health equity in the WHO European Region.
- The role of the
minimum core concept in advancing essential global health needs. Forman et al.
- Supporting “nanny”
health policies: A human rights perspective. Francisco Oviedo-Gomez
- WHO Global Health
Observatory is world’s largest, most comprehensive collection of up-to-date
- The joy of facts
and figures. WHO Bulletin interview with Hans Rosling: “Easy to make health
statistics interesting but difficult to persuade people to accept a fact-based
view of the world.”
- 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
Politics and global health – Are we missing the obvious? Greg Paton
What is governance? Francis Fukuyama, CGDev Working Paper 314
The role of the World Health Organization in the international system. Charles Clift, Chatham House WG on Governance
- A United Nations Global Health Panel for global health governance
Tim K. Mackey and Bryan A. Liang
- Global governance of health and the requirements of human rights
Gorik Ooms and Rachel Hammonds
- Global health is growing in prominence – now what?
- Governance for health in the 21st century
Ilona Kickbusch and David Gleicher, WHO Europe 2012
- Global health challenges and opportunities
- The struggle for leadership (in global health)
- A framework convention on global health:
a catalyst for justice.
Michel Sidibé and Kent Buse, WHO Bulletin
- A public sector for the whole world could end aid as we know it
- Global health diplomacy: health promotion and smart power
Manuel 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
Source: MMI updates on Twitter
- WHO Civil Society Initiative (CSI)
"We foster relations between WHO and nongovernmental and civil society organizations and are responsible for the administration of formal relations as set out in the Principles governing relations between WHO and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs). Counterparts at each WHO Regional Office serve in the same capacity. WHO country offices may also work with NGOs at the national level."
- 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.
- Medicus Mundi International Network: Updates on Twitter
- GIZ: Health, Education, Social Protection
News & Notes
This bi-weekly newsletter is a great resource. Thanks to GIZ!
- ITM Antwerp: International health policies in the news
Weekly E-mail updates
- Equinet newsletter
- Health Systems Trust: HST Bulletin
- Kaiser Daily Global Health Policy Report
- Health Diplomacy Monitor
Very much up-to-date: reports developments that have not even yet happened...
- 3rd People's Health Assembly
Cape Town, 6-13 July 2012
- Health justice – worldwide! International Conference
Berlin, 17-18 September 2010
- Global Health Governance. A Civil Society Workshop
Geneva, 14-15 May 2010
- Towards Global Access to Health. 3rd Geneva Health Forum.
Geneva, April 2010
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