Global Health Governance Programme
We research how global institutions, finance and rules can better serve the needs of people across the world. We focus on three main areas: Improving the effectiveness of international health organizations, tracking financing to global public health and developing better tools for priority-setting
We are based in the Centre for Global Health Research within the Usher Institute for Population Health Sciences and Informatics in the University of Edinburgh Medical School.
LATEST BLOG POSTS
In this blog post, I briefly introduce the rise of health economics in the 20th century and a few methods for economically measuring health investment as a means to provide some context to current health care financing debates.
After he won World Health Organization’s Director General position, Dr. Tedros Adhanom asserted that universal health coverage would be the central political concept of his tenure. So what does that mean?
In September 2016, a new major project funded by the Wellcome Trust titled ‘The Economic Gaze: The World Bank’s Influence in Global Pubic Health’ was launched at the Global Health Governance Programme in Edinburgh. In this blog post, I outline our central research questions and the relevance of the project to both academia and policy.
This week, health ministers from across the world are making the yearly pilgrimage to Geneva for the 70th World Health Assembly. In this blog, I take a step back and focus on three big issues in our current global health system that the new leadership of the WHO will face...
At this year’s World Health Assembly, member states voted by secret ballot to elect Dr. Tedros Adhanom. We believe the newly elected DG must move quickly to outline his vision for the organization. Such an articulation has a few constituent parts. First, Dr. Tedros must lead an expeditious process to determine WHO’s priorities. We believe such a list...
To understand the World Bank's involvement in Global Health, we need to take a look at its business model, if only so as to understand some of the institutional constraints and affordances with which much of its staff operates.
Title:- Orienting food policy to improve nutrition: the challenge and opportunity of global policy legacies
Malnutrition is a major contributor to the global burden of disease. Improving nutrition will require the creation of healthy environments, in which healthy foods are more affordable, available and accessible. The challenge, particularly for low and middle income countries, is this: food environments have been shaped by long-standing policy agendas in economic sectors that govern the food supply. These sectors include Trade, Finance, Agriculture and Commerce – and each of these sectors is subject to powerful global agendas, led by institutions such as the World Trade Organization and World Bank. This seminar will draw on policy analysis research and interviews with economic policy makers in Africa, Asia and the Pacific, and at the global level, to consider the challenges and opportunities presented by these policy legacies for nutrition.
Bio – Dr Anne Marie Thow
Dr Anne Marie Thow is Senior Lecturer in Health Policy at the University of Sydney. Her research uses theories of public policy making to explore facilitators and barriers to best practice public health nutrition policy globally, with a particular focus on the interface between economic policy and nutrition. Anne Marie currently collaborates on research in Asia, Africa and the Pacific, designed to strengthen nutrition policy making, and regularly consults with international agencies regarding nutrition policy. Prior to her PhD, Anne Marie worked for the Governments of Australia and Fiji on nutrition policy issues. She trained in nutrition and has a Masters in Public Policy and Economics.
This talk is FREE to attend but numbers are limited. Please register here:-
The Global Health Governance Group will host a 3-day international workshop, sponsored by the Brocher Foundation, on 'Alternative Perspectives of the World Bank and its Influence on Global Health Development'. The event will bring together experts in health policy, economics, anthropology, history, and public health to discuss the development of global health policies at the World Bank. The workshop will broadly consider how to better integrate Global South perspectives in approaching the history and influence of global health institutions. Stay tuned to our website in 2018 to learn more about workshop speakers and logistics.