Global health promotion: how can we strengthen governance and build effective strategies?

Health Promot Int. 2006 Dec;21 Suppl 1:42-50. doi: 10.1093/heapro/dal050.


This paper discusses what is meant by 'global health promotion' and the extent to which global governance architecture is emerging, enabling people to increase control over, and to improve, their health within an increasingly global context. A review of selected initiatives on breast-milk substitutes, healthy cities, tobacco control and diet and nutrition suggests that existing institutions are uneven in their capacity to tackle global health issues. The strategic building of a global approach to health promotion will draw on a broad range of governance instruments, give careful attention to implementation in the medium to longer term, reflect on the nature and appropriateness of partnerships and develop fuller understanding of effective policies for harnessing the positive influences of globalization and countering the negatives.

MeSH terms

  • Diet
  • Environment
  • Global Health*
  • Health Education / organization & administration
  • Health Policy
  • Health Promotion / organization & administration*
  • Humans
  • Infant Formula
  • Interinstitutional Relations*
  • Internationality*
  • Reproductive Medicine
  • Smoking / legislation & jurisprudence
  • Social Environment