There is enough global wealth to eradicate poverty several times over. There is enough food to feed the world. But our economic policies and systems are undemocratic, inefficient and ineffective. Tax havens, banks, hedge funds and corporations, flourishing in a neoliberal policy environment, are as responsible for millions of child deaths as viruses and bacteria. Socio-economic inequality – growing at the global level and within many countries – breeds violence and conflict; and undermines good governance and sustainable development.
Medact exists to support the wider development movement to reform our global economic institutions. It works to promote tax as a public health policy instrument that can strengthen democracy and promote redistribution. It calls for the eradication of tax havens and for a reallocation of global resources towards social development and environmental protection.
Our campaigners Siddhartha and James will be joining this webinar on Tuesday 7th April.
Our public health is only as strong as our economic and social fabric.
In this time of crisis, we need to keep the attention to public health measures that aren’t only good to control the virus outbreak but also extend to ensure that justice and protection is provided to those who are in the most vulnerable and precarious situations in our society.
Read our Economic Justice Campaigner Siddhartha in BMJ Opinion, expanding on our case for a health centred budget in response to the findings of the Marmot 10-year review.
The findings of the recent Marmot review throw into stark relief the health inequalities caused by austerity. It links choices made in our economic, social and political system to negative and avoidable health outcomes.