Global Health Watch

History and Concept
At the World Health Assembly in May 2003, the People’s Health Movement, together with GEGA and Medact discussed the need for civil society to produce its own alternative World Health Report. It was felt that the WHO reports were inadequate; that there was no report that monitored the performance of global health institutions; and, that the dominant neo-liberal discourse in public health policy also needed to be challenged by a more people-centred approach that highlights social justice. The idea of an alternative World Health Report since developed into an initiative called the ‘Global Health Watch’ the first of whichwas launched on July 20, 2005 in Ecuador and London.
The Watch aims to:
Promote human rights as the basis for health policy
Counter-balance liberal and market-driven perspectives
Shift the health policy agenda to recognise the political, social and economic barriers to better health
Improve civil society’s capacity to hold national and international governments, global international financial institutions and corporations to account (including WHO and the World Bank)
Strengthen the links between civil society organisations around the world
Provide a forum for magnifying the voice of the poor and vulnerable


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