Editorials

Tackling the political determinants of global health

BMJ 2005; 331 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.331.7511.246 (Published 28 July 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;331:246
  1. Ilona Kickbusch, professor (kickbusch@bluewin.ch)
  1. Tiefenthal 434, CH 3855 Brienz, Switzerland

    Is essential if we want to abolish poverty

    This month sees the launch of an “alternative world health report,” a document that will from now on appear every two years.1 For the first time the institutions charged with improving global health are held accountable by the collective view of a coalition of civil society organisations reporting a clear message: the crisis in global health is not a crisis of disease, it is a crisis of governance.2

    In tune with other citizens' movements for global social justice, this report argues that we have reached a stage in the history of public health where we can no longer accept profound inequities in access to health and treatment around the world. The report concludes that poverty and the lack of resources for the health of the poor are the key factors that hinder progress in global health, but it does not restrict itself to call for more charity. Instead the world needs a …

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