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World health report 2008|Primary health care : now more than ever

WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION (WHO)
2008

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This report considers four sets of reforms that reflect a convergence between the values of primary health care, the expectations of citizens and the common health performance challenges that cut across all contexts. These include: universal coverage reforms, service delivery reforms, public policy reforms, and leadership reforms. "While universally applicable, these reforms do not constitute a blueprint or a manifesto for action. The details required to give them life in each country must be driven by specific conditions and contexts, drawing on the best available evidence"

Human development report 2005 : international cooperation at a crossroads. Aid, trade and security in an unequal world

WATKINS, Kevin
2005

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The 2005 report takes stock of human development, including progress towards the MDGs. Looking beyond statistics, it highlights the human costs of missed targets and broken promises. Extreme inequality between countries and within countries is identified as one of the main barriers to human development and as a powerful brake on accelerated progress towards the MDGs. The report argues that poverty and inequality need urgent attention. It gives a comparison of life expectancy in various countries and puts forward a case that the response from the international community to HIV/AIDS pandemic has been lacking. The report indicates that child mortality has been on the rise compared to the 1980s when the trend had been reversed

World health report 2003 : shaping the future

WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION (WHO)
2003

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This report argues that real progress in health depends on strengthening health systems, centred on the principles of primary health care. This requires effective use of existing knowledge and technologies and innovation to create new health tools, along with appropriate structures and strategies to apply them. Success will need new forms of cooperation between international health agencies, national health leaders, health workers and communities, and other relevant sectors. Chapter 1 of the report looks at the current state of global health, highlighting the gap between the poor and better-off everywhere. Chapter 2 reflects on the slow progress towards achieving the Millenium Development Goals. Chapter 3 looks at the HIV/AIDS pandemic, and demonstrates why HIV/AIDS control needs to drive the agenda for the global health community. Chapter 4 looks at the steps needed to achieve polio eradication within the next few years, and chapter 5 concentrates on the lessons learned from the SARS outbreak. The theme of chapter 6 is the the overlap between communicable and non-communicable diseases and injuries occurring throughout the developing world, leading to a crisis of priorities for health systems. The concluding chapter returns to the statement that stronger health systems are necessary, and that strengthening health systems should be based on the principles and practices of primary health care

Rigged rules and double standards : trade, globalisation, and the fight against power

WATKINS, Kevin
FOWLER, Penny
2002

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This report examines how the rapid growth of world trade is affecting the lives of the poor. One of its central findings is that the huge increase in wealth generated by trade under globalisation has not been matched by parallel progress in poverty reduction, or in broader progress towards human development. It advocates the need to change trade laws in order to help address global poverty, and sets out an agenda for reform

Trade matters : eliminating world poverty

DEPARTMENT FOR INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT (DFID)
October 2001

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A briefing pack on DFID's policy to international trade as a means of eliminating world poverty. Contains 12 background briefings. These 12 briefings are available as PDF files on the DFID website at www.dfid.gov.uk. Select 'Search this Site', and search for trade matters

Poverty : bridging the gap. An introduction

DEPARTMENT FOR INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT (DFID)
2001

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Designed to help people who work in international development to contribute more effectively to global efforts for poverty reduction. It is written primarily for DFID staff

Social medicine portal

ANDERSON, Matt
SMITH, Lanny

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This website is devoted to promoting the principles and practice of social medicine. The aim of this site is to put researchers in touch with some of the diverse international resources available for health activists and those interested in the interactions between health and society. The site contains many links as well as a few documents and presentations. The material is divided into the following pages: an introduction to the Social Medicine portal; materials for students; health activism, social medicine A to Z; learning more about social medicine; community health; and Latin American social medicine. The A to Z section is divided into access to treatment, AIDS, equity, global health, globalisation, Health for All, US healthcare reform, occupational health, race, social determinants of health, smoking and war

Globalization and health

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Globalization and Health is an Open Access, peer-reviewed, online journal. It encompasses all aspects of globalization and its effects on public health. Globalization in the journal will refer to economic, political, social and technological processes, which transcend the geopolitical boundaries of the nation-state and have resulted in increased interconnectedness of the world. The journal examines market liberalization, the changing role of nation-state, supra-national structures, poverty and equality, the changing distribution of communicable and non-communicable diseases and the risk factors associated with these diseases, and the growing awareness of our collective responsibility for one another. Global warming, global governance, global public goods for health, equity and justice and a host of related topics are emerging as priorities and illustrate the need for interdisciplinary thinking and debate
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