Global Health Watch

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Cover of the first Global Health Watch report.

The Global Health Watch (GHW) is a broad collaboration of public health experts, non-governmental organisations, civil society activists, community groups, health workers and academics who have come together to produce an alternative world health report

At the World Health Assembly in May 2003, the People's Health Movement, together with Global Equity Gauge Alliance and Medact discussed the need for civil society to produce its own alternative World Health Report. It was felt that the WHO reports were inadequate; that there was no report that monitored the performance of global health institutions; and that the dominant neo-liberal discourse in public health policy also needed to be challenged by a more people-centred approach that highlights social justice. The idea of an alternative World Health Report since developed into an initiative called the Global Health Watch and the first alternate world health report was launched on July 20, 2005 in Ecuador and London.

Global Health Watch aims to:

  • Promote human rights as the basis for health policy.
  • Counter-balance liberal and market-driven perspectives.
  • Shift the health policy agenda to recognise the political, social and economic barriers to better health.
  • Improve civil society's capacity to hold national and international governments, global international financial institutions and corporations to account (including WHO and the World Bank).
  • Strengthen the links between civil society organisations around the world.
  • Provide a forum for magnifying the voice of the poor and vulnerable.

The Watch is being co-ordinated by four organisations:

The first Global Health Watch Secretariat for 2005-2006 was based at Medact in London. The second Global Health Watch secretariat for 2007-2008 was based at the Global Equity Gauge Alliance in South Africa. The current secretariat is based in New Delhi, India and is coordinated by Amit Sengupta.

A Co-ordinating Committee consisting of academics, health activists and public health practitioners from twenty different regions of the world help to shape and guide the strategic direction of the Watch.

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