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Health systems, neoliberalism, and the end of growth: The World Health Organization in denial

Health systems, neoliberalism, and the end of growth: The World Health Organization in denial | The Great Transition | Scoop.it

"I suggest that the report illustrates the futility of relying upon the WHO to comprehend what is occurring, let alone to lead in protecting public health. This is important because the WHO is not just another think tank or academic institute; it is the appointed champion[xviii] of world health issues. If it will not speak truth to power[xix] for the European public –which means unequivocally rejecting austerity policies and growing inequalities in income and wealth as destructive of the social determinants of health- at this critical moment, there is no reason to expect it to do so as neoliberal governments continue to cannibalize their citizens to maintain a world politically ruled by a numerically tiny financial elite."

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Brilliant must-read analysis of Dan Bednarz ('Health after Oil') on the futility of the WHO's critique of austerity policies and its impact on health. "The WHO abandons the European health crisis".

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Neoliberalism, Degrowth and the Fate of Health Systems

"Degrowth recognizes that humanity’s access to the earth’s resources and services of the biosphere are constraints upon socioeconomic activity. It also holds that politics and economics cannot trump thermodynamic and ecological realities. It places the limits to growth and ecological overshoot at the center of the predicaments Homo sapiens confront. It connects to culture and political/economy through this root public policy question: How to equitably distribute a shrinking economic pie?"

 

Must-read analysis by Dan Bednarz and Allana Beavis on what "the end of cheap energy and growth" means for Western health systems.

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Air pollution costs Europe billions: report

(Reuters) - "Air pollution caused more than 100 billion euros ($134.95 billion) in health and environmental damage, highlighting the need for more renewables sources of energy, a report published on Thursday by the European Environment Agency found."

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Shredded Social Safety Net: European Austerity Costing Lives

Shredded Social Safety Net: European Austerity Costing Lives | The Great Transition | Scoop.it
As the euro crisis wears on, the tough austerity measures implemented in ailing member states are resulting in serious health issues, a study revealed on Wednesday.
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How the EU's austerity policies is leading to more suicides, mental illness and increased epidemics. Spiegel report based on scientific article in The Lancet.

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Global health in 2012: development to sustainability

The old macroeconomic approach to solving poverty-related disease is simply insufficient to meet the demand of countries. At the same time, institutional tensions are growing—the Global Fund is in difficulty and WHO is facing a financial emergency. And there are new concepts forcing their way into global health agendas—such as integration and accountability. There is a view among some development experts that health has had its decade. It is time now for other sectors to take centre stage, such as agriculture or energy.

 

The Lancet has an excellent article on the link between health and sustainability in the run-up to the Rio+20 conference.

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