Global health in the anthropocene: moving beyond resilience and capitalism. Comment on "Health promotion in an age of normative equity and rampant inequality"

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Abstract

There has been much reflection on the need for a new understanding of global health and the urgency of a paradigm shift to address global health issues. A crucial question is whether this is still possible in current modes of global governance based on capitalist values. Four reflections are provided. (1) Ecological - centered values must become central in any future global health framework. (2) The objectives of 'sustainability' and 'economic growth' present a profound contradiction. (3) The resilience discourse maintains a gridlock in the functioning of the global health system. (4) The legitimacy of multi-stakeholder governance arrangements in global health requires urgent attention. A dual track approach is suggested. It must be aimed to transform capitalism into something better for global health while in parallel there is an urgent need to imagine a future and pathways to a different world order rooted in the principles of social justice, protecting the commons and a central role for the preservation of ecology.

Original languageEnglish
JournalInternational Journal of Health Policy and Management
Volume6
Issue number8
Pages (from-to)481-486
Number of pages6
ISSN2322-5939
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2017

Keywords

  • Global Governance of Health
  • Ecology
  • Resilience
  • Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
  • Capitalism
  • PARADIGM SHIFT
  • HUMAN-RIGHTS
  • GOVERNANCE
  • ORGANIZATION
  • CHALLENGE
  • READY

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