Governing Health as a Global Public Good
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While the concept of Global Public Goods is not new, the COVID-19 pandemic has made it clear that a safe and healthy world requires common solutions, resources, and actions involving all countries and governments across the world. The pandemic might lead us to think that health in this context equates with the spread of a virus and access to vaccines – in fact, health is about more than this. The underlying factors affecting people’s health relate to “megatrends” in our societies: demographic transition and urbanization, energy systems and food systems transitions, and technology advancements. These transitions are creating opportunities for people to make more healthy choices for themselves and their families, but can simultaneously cause health risks through air pollution, junk food, lack of physical activity, violence, and so on. The pandemic has also highlighted gaps in terms of equal access to good quality health services regardless of ability to pay.
Authors: Helen Clark and Anders Nordström