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Health: A Political Choice – Investing in Health For All

Edited by Ilona Kickbusch and John Kirton
Published by GT Media, 2022

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Making the Choice for Health

Choosing health for everyone
Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director-general, World Health Organization
In times of crisis
Axel Radlach Pries, president, World Health Summit
Capture the moment
Karl Lauterbach, minister of health, Federal Republic of Germany
Investments in our future
Petr Fiala, prime minister, Czech Republic
Women's health: a global issue
Nicola Sturgeon, first minister, Scotland
One Health for one planet
Inger Andersen, executive director, UN Environment Programme
Open up science, foster Health For All
Audrey Azoulay, director-general, UNESCO
A new precedent for tackling infectious diseases
Sir Jeremy Farrar, director, Wellcome Trust
Rethinking our values
Mariana Mazzucato, chair, WHO Council on the Economics of Health For All
The gateway to all vital health interventions
Seth Berkley, CEO, Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance

Editors' Welcome

Advancing health by caring for nature
Ilona Kickbusch, founding director, Global Health Centre, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies
Global health governance for the world's well-being
John Kirton, director, Global Governance Program, University of Toronto

Societies Built on Health

A people-led pandemic response
The Honourable Andrew Little, minister of health, New Zealand
Equal chances for health
Shula Rijxman, deputy mayor, Amsterdam
A polio-free world
Jennifer Jones, president, Rotary International
Faults in our methods
Sabina Faiz Rashid, dean and professor, BRAC James P Grant School of Public Health, BRAC University
The road to global health security
K Srinath Reddy, president, Public Health Foundation of India
The value of universal health coverage investments
Peter Yeboah, executive director, Christian Health Association of Ghana

Resilient Health Systems

The beating heart of health systems
The Right Honourable Helen Clark, board chair, Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health, and former prime minister, New Zealand
Curing vulnerabilities
Interview with Francesca Colombo, head, OECD Health Division
Actions speak louder than words
Ayoade Olatunbosun-Alakija, chair, African Union, African Vaccine Delivery Alliance and founder of the Emergency Coordination Centre, Nigeria
For a safer future
Chikwe Ihekweazu, WHO Hub for Pandemic and Epidemic Intelligence
Lessons from East Asia
Gabriel M Leung, executive director (charities and community), Hong Kong Jockey Club, and honorary professor, University of Hong Kong

Long-Term Health For All

Reshaping the global health architecture
Svenja Schulze, minister for economic cooperation and development, Federal Republic of Germany
For the greater good
Tharman Shanmugaratnam, co-chair, G20 High Level Independent Panel on Financing the Global Commons for Pandemic Preparedness and Response
No smoke without fire
Adriana Blanco Marquizo, head of the Secretariat, WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control
Drivers of political choice
Aleksi Yrttiaho, director, Anu Niemi, specialist in public health and general practice, and Markku
Tervahauta, director-general, Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare
The face of health issues
Norio Ohmagari, director, Disease Control and Prevention Centre, National Centre for Global Health and Medicine, and Norihiro Kokudo, president, National Centre for Global Health and Medicine
Brain health: the paramount investment
Vladimir Hachinski, professor of neurology and epidemiology, Western University, and Detlev Ganten, founding president, World Health Summit

People and Planet: A Better World

Strengthening health and climate co-bernefits
John H Amuasi and Andrea S Winkler, co-chairs, The Lancet One Health Commission
Healthy people, healthy planet
João Campari, global leader, Food Practice, WWF International
At the intersection of gender, health and climate change
Soon-Young Yoon, chair of the board, Women's Environment and Development Organization
Climate-smart health systems
C James Hospedales, founder, EarthMedic and EarthNurse, and Dana Van Alphen, senior adviser, Pan American Health Organization
Systems for planetary health
Antonio M Saraiva, Aline Martins de Carvalho, Dirce Maria Lobo Marchioni, Raquel Santiago, Tatiana Camargo and Carlos Nobre, Planetary Health Brazil
First Nations–led health solutions
Chief Perry Bellegarde, former national chief, Assembly of First Nations, Canada
Real, urgent and present
Fiona Armstrong, founder and strategic projects director, Climate and Health Alliance

Well-Being of the Future

Plugging into digital health
Alain Labrique, Garrett Mehl, Derrick Muneene and Natschja Rataprayul, Department of Digital Health and Innovation, and Soumya Swaminathan, World Health Organization
A new world order of global infections
Peter Hotez, dean, National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine
Health in the digital age
Nanjia Sambuli, co-chair, Transform Health
Strengthening science and innovation
Daren Tang, director-general, World Intellectual Property Organization
Why C-TAP?
Román Macaya, former executive president, Costa Rican Social Security Fund, and Daniel Salas, former minister of health, Costa Rica

The Fall-Out of Conflict

Conflict zones: a war on health
Ahmad Al-Mandhari, regional director, WHO Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean
Hope for a healthy future
Inger Ashing, CEO, Save the Children International
Seize the moment
Jagan Chapagain, secretary-general, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies
Protect our health, our rights
Ma Thida, activist and physician
Health equity for fragile contexts
David Miliband, president and CEO, International Rescue Committee

How to Get Governance Right

Returns on health investments
Hans Henri P Kluge, director, and Natasha Azzopardi Muscat, director, country health policies and systems, WHO Regional Office for Europe
Time for reform: local and global health governance
Precious Matsoso, director, Health Regulatory Science Platform, University of the Witwatersrand, and Viroj Tangcharoensathien, co-founder, International Health Policy Program
How to prepare for the next pandemic
Mamta Murthi, vice president, human development, World Bank
Seven rules for getting the politics right
Ricardo Baptista Leite, president, UNITE Parliamentarians Network for Global Health
Bridging people with their right to health
Martin Chungong, secretary-general, Inter-Parliamentary Union

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