As championed by the United Nations and other NGOs, the international commitment to providing ‘health for all’, universal basic schooling and adequate shelter has long been contradicted by a development approach based upon a market fundamentalism that subordinates human welfare to corporate profits – necessitating an enormous shift in global priorities.
In the US, colleges and universities have embraced market fundamentalism at the expense of enabling equitable access. Higher education must be reclaimed as a fundamental public good and not allowed to be a
training ground for corporate interests, writes Henry A.
Poverty and social conditions are widely acknowledged to be the major causes of ill health in developing countries. This report explains how greater international economic sharing is the first step towards achieving the world-wide goal of health care for all. By Mohammed Mesbahi.
The number of poor and food-insecure people in developing countries is
increasing more quickly in urban areas than in rural areas, and could
be dropping off the policy radar, says a report by the US
Department of Agriculture (USDA).
Public opinion is divided on whether slums are poor communities grappling heroically with disadvantage, or hotbeds of antisocial behaviour.
If slum dwellers were supported to get on with their lives in
safety, the malign mythology about slums would fade away, says Jeremy Seabrook.
Too often the state of ill-health in poor countries is
framed as a problem of geography, bad luck or poor government, rather than an outcome of political and
economic choices, says a report by the
People's Health Movement, Medact and the Global Equity Gauge Alliance.
Thousands of women and children are dying as a direct consequence of the
current economic crisis which is already derailing efforts to improve
maternal care and cut child death rates, the head of the World Health
Organisation has warned.
The failure of governments across the world to tackle deep and persistent inequalities in education is consigning millions of children to lives of poverty and diminished opportunity, according to a report published by UNESCO.