Global health and the global economic crisis

Am J Public Health. 2011 Apr;101(4):646-53. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2009.188458. Epub 2011 Feb 17.


Although the resources and knowledge for achieving improved global health exist, a new, critical paradigm on health as an aspect of human development, human security, and human rights is needed. Such a shift is required to sufficiently modify and credibly reduce the present dominance of perverse market forces on global health. New scientific discoveries can make wide-ranging contributions to improved health; however, improved global health depends on achieving greater social justice, economic redistribution, and enhanced democratization of production, caring social institutions for essential health care, education, and other public goods. As with the quest for an HIV vaccine, the challenge of improved global health requires an ambitious multidisciplinary research program.

MeSH terms

  • Attitude
  • Delivery of Health Care / trends
  • Economic Recession*
  • Global Health*
  • Health Resources
  • Humans
  • Policy
  • Practice Management, Medical