Politics of Global Health

Understanding the Politics of Aid 1

Authored by: Rebecca Dodd

Routledge Handbook of Global Public Health

Print publication date:  December  2010
Online publication date:  December  2010

Print ISBN: 9780415778480
eBook ISBN: 9780203832721
Adobe ISBN: 9781136838330


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Health is a prominent political issue on the domestic agenda of most developed countries. At election time, voters show a keen interest in the health manifestos of political parties. The achievements or failures of national health systems are often centre-stage in debates. At the international level, too, health is frequently in the headlines: from the threat of a new infectious disease, to the resurgence of ‘old’ maladies such as tuberculosis or cholera; from the ethics of rich nations who recruit health workers from poor countries, to the price of medicines.

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