Academic journal article Bulletin of the World Health Organization

New Report Focuses on Health in a "Borderless World"

Academic journal article Bulletin of the World Health Organization

New Report Focuses on Health in a "Borderless World"

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WHO welcomed the first Global Health Watch report that stresses the importance of making health care accessible to people in need in a "borderless world", but said the report fails to address WHO's role in preventing global outbreaks of disease.

Global Health Watch 2005-2006, published on 20 July, was compiled by campaigners from three nongovernmental groups: Medact in London, the People's Health Movement in Bangalore and the Global Equity Gauge Alliance in Durban. The report covers selected issues, including the shortage of health workers in countries with a high disease burden, health-care systems and gene technology.

Billing itself as "the alternative World Health Report" as a challenge to WHO's flagship report, Global Health Watch 2005-2006 charges that WHO's influence has declined while "competing" organizations, such as the World Bank, were raising their public health profiles.

"Starved of resources and sometimes poorly led and managed, [WHO] is failing to find an effective response," said the report, which is due to appear every two years. …

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