Issue No. 296/297 (Apr/May 2015)
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Universal health coverage and the right to health
health coverage: The rhetoric and the substance
health coverage (UHC) is held out as the solution to the pressing problem
of providing healthcare in developing countries. But what does UHC really
By Amit Sengupta
seven sins and seven virtues of universal health coverage
avoid unintended effects, universal health coverage should avoid committing
seven sins and should try to practise seven virtues.
Cattaneo, Giorgio Tamburlini, Angelo Stefanini, Eduardo Missoni, Gavino
Maciocco, Gianni Tognoni, Carlo Resti, Claudio Beltramello, Chiara Bodini
and Nicoletta Dentico
universal health coverage campaign and the medicalisation of global
focusing almost exclusively on individual access to medical care as
the solution, UHC ignores the social determinants of health and the
need for political action to realise it.
By Jocalyn Clark
trap underlying 'universal health coverage': The struggle to realise
the right to health in Latin America
the proposal of UHC lies a hidden agenda related to the commodification
of healthcare through the participation of insurance companies and large
private healthcare providers who profit from public funds allocated
Gonzalez Guzman and Nashielly Cortes Hernandez
A question of equity
transition from a planned economy to a market economy has resulted in
public access to healthcare becoming more inequitable. The Chinese authorities
are grappling with this problem.
By Heather Mullins-Owens
state and healthcare in Malaysia: Provider, regulator, investor
multiple and conflicting roles of the state coupled with moves to corporatise
the public healthcare sector and a proposal for a national health insurance
scheme threaten to hasten the emergence of a full-fledged two-tier health
system in Malaysia.
By Chan Chee Khoon
health crisis in Europe
following article describes the myriad pathways through which public
services in healthcare are being undermined across Europe.
end of an illusion: biodiversity conservation through bilateral bioprospecting
are worthwhile lessons for other countries to be learnt from Costa Rica's
ill-advised decision to permit a private non-profit institute to manage
Latin America's second largest natural history collection.
rights expert denounces secret talks on trade treaties
protests mount against free trade and investment treaties, particularly
those which are being negotiated in secret, a United Nations rights
expert has called for a human rights impact assessment to be urgently
By Kanaga Raja
commemorate 60th anniversary of Bandung conference
report on the 60th anniversary commemoration of the Bandung Conference.
By Martin Khor
in Latin America: The hope for another world
astonishing transformation has taken place in Latin America since
the 1955 Bandung Conference, which has made it possible for it to
make common cause with Afro-Asia.
By Roberto Bissio
Arabia's attack on Yemen: Conquest or quagmire?
addition to causing a humanitarian disaster, Saudi Arabia's aerial
bombardment of Yemen threatens to destabilise the country and provoke
a sectarian conflict.
By Rannie Amiri
media misses the point on 'proxy war'
is a Saudi war of aggression, while Syria and Libya are the result
of a dangerous Gulf-led strategy of backing groups of sectarian fighters.
By Gareth Porter
secret country again wages war on its own people
warnings from Aboriginal leaders about 'a new generation of displaced
people' and 'cultural genocide', Australia's ruling elite has intensified
its assault on the rights of the country's Indigenous people.
By John Pilger
biggest lessons Nepal will take away from this tragedy
is a need for Nepal to build a stronger national preparedness policy
and mechanism to better cope with future catastrophes.
By Amantha Perera
truth, no justice
Brazil's National Truth Commission does spell out the human rights
violations that were committed between 1964 and 1985 and name names,
its recommendations seem arbitrary and incomplete.
By Kai Ambos and Eneas
slavery to self-reliance
struggle of Dalits - formerly known as 'untouchables' under India's
caste system - for human dignity is still a tough one, but the lot
of women from the community is even more wretched.
Peruvian poet (1942-1963) was one of the most promising poets of his
generation, but his uncompromising political commitments led to his
By Javier Heraud
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