Trade, foreign policy, diplomacy and health

Globalization and Health

WHO’s work on globalization and health focuses on assisting countries to assess and act on cross-border risks to public health security. Recognizing that domestic action alone will not be sufficient to ensure health locally, our work program also supports necessary collective action to address cross-border health risks and improve health outcomes.

This includes using the Global Public Goods concept. It provides a framework for assessing and resolving problems of collective action at the global level. It ‘hardens’ often ‘soft’ policy objectives through measurable ‘production functions’ quantifying costs and outcomes. It presents a coherent demonstration of the value to the rich of assisting the poor in the finance of GPGs. It provides a rationale for national health budgets to be tapped, complementing ‘traditional’ aid (an argument already used to effect in the Polio Eradication Initiative. Overall, the GPG concept offers a powerful ‘lens’ through which to analyze and promote the health of the poor, and will be an increasingly important tool for public health in an era of globalization lens of global public goods for health.

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Publications

Working papers

The following papers are in draft form for restricted distribution only. They reflect work in progress. For information and hard copies, please write to globalization@who.int

- Lee K. Decision making in the face of public health emergencies of international concern. Geneva, World Health Organization, 2004.

- Lethbridge J. Sources of data and methods for its collection. Geneva, World Health Organization, 2004.

- McKibbin WJ. Economic modelling of SARS: the G-cubed approach. Geneva, World Health Organization, 2004.

- Owen JW, Ingram A. What, and how best would, economic information assist future policy decisions? Geneva, World Health Organization, 2004.

- Edmunds J, Gay N. Epidemiological data requirements for economic modelling: the example of SARS. Geneva, World Health Organization, 2004.

- Smith DR, Sommers T. Assessing the economic impact of public health emergencies in international concerns: the case of SARS. Geneva, World Health Organization, 2003.

- Lawyers for global public health: a background paper. Geneva, World Health Organization, 2003.

- Cornia GA et al. Income inequality in the globalisation era: counting the cost for health. Geneva, World Health Organization, 2002.

- Labonte R, Torgerson R. Frameworks for analyzing the links between globalization and health. Geneva, World Health Organization, 2002.

- Lee K, Collin J. Review of existing empirical research on globalization and health. Geneva, World Health Organization, 2001.(Background paper for Annual Meeting of WHO/HSD Scientific Resource Group on Globalization, Trade and Health, London, April 2001).

- Lee K. Globalization and Health. A political perspective. London, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, 1999.

- Michaud C, Drager N. International assistance for health and population. Geneva, World Health Organization, 1999.

UPCOMING WORKING PAPERS

-John Kirton, Jenilee Guebert. Moving Forward on Global Health Diplomacy: Implementing G8 and APEC Commitments. Geneva, World Health Organization, 2008.

- David Fidler. Navigating the Global Health Terrain: Preliminary Considerations on Mapping Global Health Diplomacy. Geneva, World Health Organization, 2008

- Richard Smith, Melisa Martínez Álvarez. Global change and health: mapping the challenges of global non-healthcare influences on health. Geneva, World Health Organization, 2008.

- William Onzivu. Health Diplomacy in East Africa. Geneva, World Health Organization, 2008.