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Do the solutions for global health lie in healthcare?

BMJ 2014; 349 doi: (Published 25 September 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g5457
  1. Jocalyn Clark, executive editor
  1. 1icddr,b, Dhaka, Bangladesh
  2. 2Department of Medicine, University of Toronto, Canada
  1. j.clark{at}
  • Accepted 28 August 2014


Jocalyn Clark argues that the medicalisation of global health, like other aspects of human life and health, produces a narrow view of global health problems and will limit the success of solutions proposed to replace the millennium development goals


  • doi:10.1136/bmj.g5458
  • Contributors and sources: JC is executive editor and scientific writing specialist at icddr,b (a global health research organisation in Dhaka, Bangladesh), a former senior editor at PLOS Medicine, and former assistant editor at The BMJ. The article arose from observations as an editor of the growing medicalisation of global health problems and solutions, and conversations with colleagues who were similarly concerned.

  • Competing interests: I have read and understood BMJ policy on declaration of interests and declare the following interests: I am a former senior editor at PLOS Medicine and former assistant editor at The BMJ. I received a 2013 academic writing residency at the Bellagio Center from the Rockefeller Foundation in support of my work on the medicalisation of global health. This residency did not provide funding for research and the foundation had no influence over the work or decision to publish this article.

  • Provenance and peer review: Commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

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