In the UK and across the world, neoliberal polices have had disastrous impact on health. In many places, the influence of neoliberalism on policy has gone unquestioned. But there are a number of inspiring examples of countries and approaches that are improving health by rejecting neoliberal ideas. The current UK debate about neoliberalism and its alternatives needs to be informed by the experiences of others. In particular we need to learn from those that are doing things differently!
We had a fantastic panel for the event, featuring:
- Steinar Westin, Professor of Public Health at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology
- Erika Arteaga Cruz, Health Activist with the People’s Health Movement Ecuador and the Latin American Association of Social Medicine
- David McCoy, Professor of Public Global Health at Queen Mary’s, University of London
- Natalie Sharples, Head of Policy and Campaigns at Health Poverty Action
- Jonathan Ashworth MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Health
The event was organised to launch The Alternatives – Global Perspectives for Healthier Lives, a new report from Health Poverty Action which explores the themes of the debate, and also the latest 5th edition of Global Health Watch 5.
Photo Credits Go, Oskar Alexanderson CC BY-SA 2.0 – https://flic.kr/p/6CouY6 Dreamhamar project – Ecosistema Urbano / Christoffer Horsfjord Nilsen CC BY-SA 2.0 – https://flic.kr/p/aGcH6H Global Day of Action for the Right to Health organized by Primero Pasos in Guatemala, Article 25 Flick CC BY-SA 2.0 – https://flic.kr/p/oUXQcM Dialogo por el buen vivir, Sumak Kaway CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 – https://flic.kr/p/fEHQnM