A return to “health as a right” is needed to reduce inequalities, says report

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: (Published 28 November 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d7723
  1. Sophie Arie
  1. 1London

The current global economic model needs fundamental change if the goal of health equity worldwide is ever to be reached, the third edition of the Global Health Watch report warns.

The report, written by academics and activists worldwide and billed as an “Alternative World Health report,” argues that the failure of the current economic system, ongoing financial, food, and fuel crises, and the challenges of climate change and poverty mean that global health has not improved as it could.

Marion Birth, director of Medact, one of several international health charities coordinating the report, said, “By exposing the link between the health of individuals and a system based …

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