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Canadian Journal of Public Health

, Volume 97, Issue 2, pp 142–144 | Cite as

Global Health Watch Canada?

Mobilizing the Canadian Public Health Community Around a Global Health Advocacy Agenda
  • David McCoy
  • Ronald Labonte
  • James Orbinski
Policy

Abstract

Growing poverty, collapsing health care systems, the AIDS pandemic and the widening of health and health care inequities within and between countries all point to the limited success of global public health interventions over the past few decades. Notwithstanding the efforts of multilateral agencies such as the World Health Organization and the many existing contributions from the Canadian community of health professionals, this commentary argues and appeals for further action particularly in relation to the social and political impediments to better health and justice. Specifically, it calls for the development of a robust instrument to assess the impact of Canada as a whole on the state of global health, and to monitor the performance of key Canadian institutions. It is suggested that such an instrument would result in a process that enhances global citizenship and public accountability, and buttresses the efforts of civil society to forge trans-national links in pursuit of a fairer and healthier world. Public health professionals, by virtue of their social standing as well as the nature and tools of their discipline, should be at the forefront of such civic efforts.

MeSH terms

Public health lobbying world health bioethics 

Résumé

Depuis quelques décennies, nous voyons partout dans le monde une pauvreté grandissante, des systèmes de santé qui s’effondrent, une pandémie de sida et l’élargissement des inégalités en matière de santé et de systèmes de santé, tous indiquant le succès limité des interventions mondiales de santé publique. Malgré les efforts des organismes multilatéraux comme l’Organisation mondiale de la santé et les nombreuses contributions de la communauté canadienne des professionnels de la santé, il faut en faire davantage, croyons-nous, particulièrement pour surmonter les obstacles sociaux et politiques qui rendent difficile l’accès à de bons services de santé et à la justice. Plus précisément, nous plaidons ici en faveur de l’élaboration d’un instrument robuste pour évaluer l’influence globale du Canada sur l’état de santé dans le monde et pour surveiller la performance des principales institutions canadiennes. Ce genre d’instrument aurait pour effet de créer un processus qui renforcerait le sentiment de citoyenneté et la responsabilité publique à l’échelle mondiale, et qui appuierait les efforts de la société civile pour forger des liens transnationaux afin de créer un monde plus juste et en meilleure santé. Les professionnels de la santé publique, grâce à leur statut social et à la nature et aux outils de leur métier, devraient être au premier plan de cette action citoyenne.

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© The Canadian Public Health Association 2006

Authors and Affiliations

  • David McCoy
    • 1
  • Ronald Labonte
    • 2
    • 3
    • 4
    • 5
  • James Orbinski
    • 6
  1. 1.Managing Editor Global Health Watch 2005-06LondonUK
  2. 2.Contemporary Globalization/Health EquityInstitute of Population HealthCanada
  3. 3.Department of Epidemiology and Community MedicineUniversity of OttawaCanada
  4. 4.Peoples Health MovementCanada
  5. 5.Canadian Coalition for Global Health ResearchOttawaCanada
  6. 6.St. Michael’s Hospital, Public Health Sciences and Munk Centre for International StudiesUniversity of TorontoTorontoCanada

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