Privilege and inclusivity in shaping Global Health agendas

by Kabir Sheikh, Sara C Bennett, Fadi el Jardali et al.
Health Policy Plan. (2016) – First published online: October 24, 2016

2 pp. 65 kB
http://heapol.oxfordjournals.org/content/early/2016/10/23/heapol.czw146.full.pdf+html9-cover

Northern voices dominate Global Health discussions. Of recent Lancet Commissions, excluding representatives from international organizations, 70% of commissioners on the Women and Health commission came from the global North, and likewise, 71% of the Health and Climate Change commission, 72% of the Global Surgery commission and 73% of the Global Health commission (Lancet 2016). Only 15% of the world’s population lives in high-income countries. Yet Global Health conferences continue to be dominated by invited Northern speakers and important committees on Global Health composed mainly of Northerners. The words of a few from the global North wield a disproportionate power that carries well beyond their own boundaries.

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