Announcements Open Letter: Stop the war on Syria’s hospitals

Perspectives on global health and the way forward

Sylvia Karpagam

DOI: 10.20529/IJME.2018.072


The Global Health Watch reports originated at the World Health Assembly in May 2003 as an alternative to the “inadequate” WHO reports, which were found to be faltering in their response to the growing neo-liberal discourse and its consequences. The Watch was envisaged to enable a more people-centric approach that would broaden and strengthen the global community of health advocates to act on global ill health and inequalities as well as their underlying political and economic determinants. In September 2015, the UN General Assembly adopted a resolution on 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) and recognised, at least on paper, that health and well-being are part of a global and integrated approach based on socially inclusive and sustainable economic growth strategies that preserve the planet.

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