Sickness and Wealth: The Corporate Assault on Global Health

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September 2008



In this powerful and accessible collection of new essays, international scholars and activists examine how official and corporate actors of globalization-including multinationals, the IMF and World Bank, the World Trade Organization, and "first world" governments-have enacted policies that limit medical access and promote disease and death for many in the poor world. The contributors to "Sickness and Wealth "provide a history of health and "development" strategies; reveal the grim health consequences of these policies throughout the world; and highlight the work of activists and organizations currently working for improved global health.Edited by affiliates of Health Alliance International, which is based at the University of Washington in Seattle, "Sickness and Wealth "features lucid explanations on this pressing topic, as well as instructive graphics and strong photography."Sickness and Wealth "provides a history and context for health and development strategies; shows how profit-driven "development" policies are being exported to countries throughout the world; and reveals the actual health consequences of profit-driven policies, and highlights the work of several social movements currently confronting globalization and working toward improved health. Authors include Vandana Shiva, revealing the effects of industrial agriculture on poor people's health; Patrick Bond, exposing the political roots of South Africa's cholera epidemic; Evelyne Hong, exploring the role of international agencies and corporations in health care; Seiji Yamada, documenting how militarism and war produce disease; and several writers describing how the struggle for people's health is, itself, becoming globalized.Contributors include: Stephen Bezruchka, Joseph Brenner, Patrick Bond, Alejandro Ceron, Abhijit Das, Paul Davis, Meredith Fort, Oscar Gish, Steve Gloyd, Tim Holtz, Evelyne Hong, Celia Iriart, Patrick Kachur, Mary Anne Mercer, Emerson Merhy, Ellen Shaffer, Vand


Section 1: A Brief History of Health and Development; 1) Overview; 2) Lessons from History: Diverging Paths; 3) The Medical Model and the Business of Health; Section 2: Fouling the Dirty Waters: Exporting the One-Size-Fits-All Model; 4) The Impact of Post-Colonial Development Strategy on the Health of the Poor; 5) The Privatization of Health Services in Guatamela; 6) "Free" Trade and the Imbalance of Trade Agreements; Section 3: Making the Connection between Corporate Globalization and Worse Health: Case Studies from the Third World; 7) Reemergence of Infectuous Diseases; 8) AIDS in Africa: The New Apartheid; 9) Cholera in South Africa; 10) Cuts in Government Spending for Health Personnel; Section 4: The Way Forward; 11) Conclusion
EAN: 9780896087170
ISBN: 0896087174
Untertitel: Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: September 2008
Seitenanzahl: 237 Seiten
Format: gebunden
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