Global Health Watch 3

An Alternative World Health Report - Free Download

In an increasingly globalised world with new cross-border threats to public health and widening disparities between populations, civil society actors are challenging the existing structures of global health policies.

Like its critically acclaimed predecessors, this third volume of Global Health Watch covers a comprehensive range of topics, including access to medicines, mental health, water and sanitation, nutrition, and war and conflict. Unlike most documentations of global health, it also draws attention to the politics of global health and the policies and actions of key actors.

Global Health Watch 3:

  • Analyses the global political and economic architecture
  • Takes a view of current issues and debates on health systems
  • Discusses issues beyond Health Care – the different determinants of health
  • Watches global processes and institutions that are crucially important for health and health care
  • Makes proposals for alternatives and relates stories of success and resistance

The Global Health Watch is designed to seek answers to why so little progress is being made in promoting health across the world and also to articulate solutions. It proposes an alternate vision of health located in a vision of equity, rights and empowerment. It is a collaborative civil society initiative, co-ordinated by the Peoples Health Movement, medico international, Medact, Health Action International and Third World Network.

The third edition of the GHW, being published by Zed Books, is now available online:

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Global Health Watch books are the definite independent sources of data on global health, and this third volume offers unique and essential information for anyone working in the field.

"Excellent…I highly recommend this treasure, which is full of food for thought, to scholars and health workers alike. Dr. Maria Isabel Rodriguez, Minister of Health, El Salvador

"An incisive socio-political critique of contemporary global health issues which focuses on determinants rather then diseases, enables the reader to unravel the complexity of global economic governance of health, and helps us understand why appalling health inequities persist across and within nations - a must-read for anyone involved or interested in public health."

K. Sirnath Reddy, President, Public Health Foundation of India

"Combines academic analysis with a call to mobilise the health professional community to press for improvements in global health and justice. I hope it will be read by many health professionals in rich and in poor countries alike." Professor Andy Haines, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

"The global poor suffer vast health deficits. This greatest moral outrage of our time will continue until citizens reflect on it’s causes and firmly place the human rights of the global poor on the political agenda. Global Health Watch is a courageous and promising effort in this direction." Thomas Pogge, Professor of Philosophy and International Affairs, Yale University

"Global Health Watch … will become the essential guidebook for health activists who want to campaign for a kinder, more equitable, healthier, and people-centred world." Fran Baum, member of WHO Commission on Social Determinants of Health


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