Addressing Inequalities in Healthcare Delivery and Expertise is Essential for Governing Health as a Global Public Good
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Reforms in global health policy architecture and diplomacy, focused on reducing inequity and inequality in governance structures and norms and depoliticization of international health issues, are necessary for strengthening global health governance for the common good. Perpetuated inequities in health status between countries are linked to imbalances in key domains of global governance (e.g. finance, trade, technology, environment) which contribute to barriers on access to resources (money and knowledge) for diagnosis, treatment and prevention of diseases. Governing health as a public good is a prerequisite for attaining universal health coverage (UHC) as defined by the WHO. It is also a key requirement towards creating the conditions for fulfilling the health-related objectives of the UN Global Sustainable Goals and for building healthy societies across all regions of the world – in line with the WHO theme of ‘Health for All’.
Author: Franklyn Lisk