Globalization and Health [Accessed 16 July 2016]

Globalization and Health
[Accessed 16 July 2016]

Civil society: the catalyst for ensuring health in the age of sustainable development
Julia Smith, Kent Buse and Case Gordon
Published on: 16 July 2016
Sustainable Development Goal Three is rightly ambitious, but achieving it will require doing global health differently. Among other things, progressive civil society organisations will need to be recognised and supported as vital partners in achieving the necessary transformations. We argue, using illustrative examples, that a robust civil society can fulfill eight essential global health functions. These include producing compelling moral arguments for action, building coalitions beyond the health sector, introducing novel policy alternatives, enhancing the legitimacy of global health initiatives and institutions, strengthening systems for health, enhancing accountability systems, mitigating the commercial determinants of health and ensuring rights-based approaches. Given that civil society activism has catalyzed tremendous progress in global health, there is a need to invest in and support it as a global public good to ensure that the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development can be realised.


Breast cancer policy in Latin America: account of achievements and challenges in five countries
The recent increase of breast cancer mortality has put on alert to most countries in the region. However it has taken some time before breast cancer could be considered as a relevant problem.
Gustavo Nigenda, Maria Cecilia Gonzalez-Robledo, Luz Maria Gonzalez-Robledo and Rosa Maria Bejarano-Arias
Published on: 12 July 2016