The No-Nonsense Guide to World Health (No-Nonsense Guides) by Shereen Usdin

By Shereen Usdin

A transparent but wide-ranging advent to the kingdom of future health world wide, exploring the ways that overall healthiness provision is usually decided by way of ethnicity, category and gender. beginning with a quick heritage of clinical growth this consultant delves into present politics of wellbeing and fitness within the contexts of huge company and personal future health provision, media, gender and the surroundings.

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It has devastated entire sectors of the agricultural economy, costing developing countries over $50 billion a year. All this is also less money to plough back into development. Agribusiness is also damaging the environment and through intensive irrigation may exacerbate water shortages. The race to the bottom of the Bargain Bin Liberalizing capital and trade markets has made it easier for transnational corporations to operate with impunity in other countries. They can literally go anywhere where conditions suit them, shopping around for cheaper labor and more natural resources, to maximize the return on their investments.

For starters, diseases can cross in airplanes from one corner of the world to another within hours. This is no joke in the context of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) and potentially avian flu. International travel and widescale crossborder movements in this era certainly contributed to the globalization of the HIV pandemic. But arguably the most catastrophic aspect of globalization is that in the neo-liberal macro-economic system that defines it, the right to health is trumped by the shareholder’s right to maximize profit.

Without IP protection there is no incentive to innovate. Charging cheaper rates for the South will result in Northern consumers expecting similar or importing drugs from the South. The counter-argument is this: substantial R&D for many drugs has been paid with public money through research institutes (such as the National Institutes of Health in the US) and universities. 6 Whatever is spent pales in comparison to industry profits and to industry spending on marketing and remuneration packages. As to Big Pharma’s last point, many countries in the North have laws preventing imports of patented drugs without patent-holder permission.

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