The Global Health Watch is a call to all health workers to broaden and strengthen the global community of health advocates who are taking action on global ill-health and inequalities, and their underlying political and economic determinants.
The Global Health Watch is a broad collaboration of public health experts, non-governmental organisations, civil society activists, community groups, health workers and academics. It was initiated by the People’s Health Movement, Global Equity Gauge Alliance and Medact.
The global community has failed to achieve ‘Health for All by the Year 2000’. New targets such as the Millennium Development goals look increasingly unachievable. Questions need to be asked about whether current policies in global health are working. The Global Health Watch for 2005-2006 looks at some of the most important problems, suggests solutions, and monitors the efforts of institutions and governments concerned with promoting health world-wide. This report arises out of many civil society and professional campaigns and struggles for better health, and has been released to coincide with the Second People’s Health Assembly, held in Cuenca, Ecuador, at which two thousand people from across the world have gathered to discuss and debate strategies to overcome the political, economic and social barriers to better and fairer health.