WHAT'S YOUR PERSPECTIVE?
Courtesy DMAT San Diego CA-4
Why Global Health?Opinions differ on the priorities for global health and the reasons for getting involved. Some experts argue that taking care of health problems can improve economies and create political stability. Others focus on the need to prevent diseases from spreading worldwide. Many disagree on which countries we should focus on, whether rich countries have fewer health problems than poor countries, or if inequalities that make people ill exist in all nations.
Take a look at some of the different viewpoints below, and follow the links to learn more.
Who should take responsibility for improving health at home and around the world, and why?
“It’s immoral that people in Africa die like flies of diseases that no one dies of in the United States. And the more disease there is, the more political unrest there will be, leading to more Darfurs, which the U.S. will have to pay to fix.”
"Many organizations in the developing world—admirable organizations—do excellent work providing health care…They are all trying to solve health problems that are the consequence of poverty, but they don’t address the root cause of poverty… Once they stop providing free health care, the good health care stops."
"…Disease knows no borders. In an era of terrorism and mass global transit, deadly and debilitating germs can travel between nations as easily as carry-on luggage."
"In my view, clean water, productive soils and a functioning health-care system are just as relevant to development as foreign exchange rates."
"Corporate-led globalization continues to be a major threat to health… the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and the World Trade Organisation have continued to advance the economic health of corporations at the expense of global health."