Sidsel Roalkvam and Desmond McNeill The Lancet—University of Oslo Commission on Global Governance for Health

"The political origins of health inequity: prospects for change" published in The Lancet

Executive summary

Despite large gains in health over the past few decades, the distribution of health risks worldwide remains extremely and unacceptably uneven. Although the health sector has a crucial role in addressing health inequalities, its efforts often come into conflict with powerful global actors in pursuit of other interests such as protection of national security, safeguarding of sovereignty, or economic goals. This report examines power disparities and dynamics across a range of policy areas that affect health and that require improved global governance: economic crises and austerity measures, knowledge and intellectual property, foreign investment treaties, food security, transnational corporate activity, irregular migration, and violent conflict.

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Published Feb. 12, 2014 10:26 AM - Last modified Feb. 12, 2014 10:26 AM