Academic journal article Canadian Journal of Public Health

Fatal Indifference: The G8, Africa and Global Health

Academic journal article Canadian Journal of Public Health

Fatal Indifference: The G8, Africa and Global Health

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Fatal Indifference: The G8, Africa and Global Health Ron Labonte and Ted Schrecker, with David Sanders and Wilma Meeus. Ottawa, Ontario: The University of Cape Town Press and International Development Research Centre, 2004; 378 pp.

Fatal Indifference presents a "report card" for critical monitoring of the health implications of G8 country actions, or "(in)actions" on health. The message one takes from this book is that G8 commitments to health and development are often broken, and that in many cases the commitments are not sufficient to address the enormity of the problems faced by poor countries. The book provides evidence that within the context of 'globalization' or 'liberalization', there has been an evident slowdown in development progress. The analysis is of key texts of commitments made at the G8 summits in Cologne (1999), Okinawa (2000) and Genoa (2001).

The book begins with an introduction clearly describing the measures used, the analytic framework, and the limitations of the analysis. The first chapter outlines the nature of globalization and its relationship with health and development. It is here that the authors explain their perspective of the G8 countries as the emerging centre of global governance, backed by economic influence. The subsequent seven chapters each examine a separate area of G8 policy commitments and their relationship to health (e. …

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