Author Archives: Globalization and Health

Trade and investment liberalization and Asia¿s noncommunicable disease epidemic: a synthesis…

Background: Trade and investment liberalization (trade liberalization) can promote or harm health.

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Learning from developing countries in strengthening health systems: an evaluation of personal…

Background: The positive impact of global health activities by volunteers from the United States in low-and middle-income countries has been recognized.

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Hospital accreditation: lessons from low- and middle-income countries

The growth of accreditation programs in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) provides important examples of innovations in leadership, governance and mission which could be adopted in developed countries.

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Globalization of leptospirosis through travel and migration

Leptospirosis remains the most widespread zoonotic disease in the world, commonly found in tropical or temperate climates.

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Local level inequalities in the use of hospital-based maternal delivery in rural South Africa

Background: There is global concern with geographical and socio-economic inequalities in access to and use of maternal delivery services.

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Cost, outcomes, treatment pathways and challenges for diabetes care in Italy

Background: In Italy both incidence and prevalence of diabetes are increasing and age at diagnosis is decreasing in type 2 diabetes.

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The association between nutrition transition score and measures of obesity: results from a…

Background: Studies suggest that US Latinos have a higher prevalence of obesity than White Americans.

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The politics of agenda setting at the global level: key informant interviews regarding the…

Background: Global labour markets continue to undergo significant transformations resulting from socio-political instability combined with rises in structural inequality, employment insecurity, and poor working conditions.

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Private sector, for-profit health providers in low and middle income countries: can they reach…

Background: The bottom of the pyramid concept suggests that profit can be made in providing goods and services to poor people, when high volume is combined with low margins.

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The future of health markets

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Innovation in regulation of rapidly changing health markets

The rapid evolution and spread of health markets across low and middle-income countries (LMICs) has contributed to a significant increase in the availability of health-related goods and services around the world.

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Roundtable discussion: what is the future role of the private sector in health?

Background: The role for the private sector in health remains subject to much debate, especially within the context of achieving universal health coverage.This roundtable discussion offers diverse perspectives from a range of stakeholders – a health funder, a representative from an implementing organization, a national-level policy-maker, and an expert working in a large multi-national company – on what the future may hold for the private sector in health.DiscussionThe first perspective comes from a health funder, who argues that the discussion about the future role of the private sector has been bogged down in language.

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Accelerating learning for pro-poor health markets

Background: Given the rapid evolution of health markets, learning is key to promoting the identification and uptake of health market policies and practices that better serve the needs of the poor.

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Health diplomacy: a new approach to the Muslim world?

Three years ago, the Lancet’s frontispiece stated "Health is now the most important foreign policy issue of our time" and last year, the Director-General of WHO, Margaret Chan, in her opening address, to the Executive Board at its 132nd Session said "health diplomacy works".

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