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Sick SocietiesResponding to the global challenge of chronic disease$

David Stuckler and Karen Siegel

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199574407

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199574407.001.0001

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(p.302) Appendix Resources for action

(p.302) Appendix Resources for action

Sick Societies
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Material in this section draws from McKee M, Gilmore A, Schwalbe N. International cooperation and health. Part 1: issues and concepts Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health 2005; 59:628–31 and International cooperation and health Part 2: making a difference. Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health 2005; 59:737–9.

Activists and organizations

Third World Network: a network of organizations and institutions involved in issues related to development. It conducts and publishes research on economic, social, and environmental issues and provides a platform for discussion and presentation of this work. http://www.twnside.org.sg/.

World Social Forum: a yearly gathering intended to provide a counterbalance to the World Economic Forum's Davos meeting. According to its charter of principles it is ‘an open meeting place for reflective thinking, democratic debate of ideas, formulation of proposals, free exchange of experiences, and inter-linking of effective action by groups and movements of civil society that are opposed to neoliberalism and to domination of the world by capital and any form of imperialism’. http://www.forumsocialmundial.org.br/index.php?cd_language=2.

People's Health Movement and People's Health Assembly: a meeting organized by international organizations, civil society groups, NGOs, and women's groups seeking to promote the principle of ‘Health for All’ and to advocate greater implementation of the Alma Ata Declaration with its principles of primary health care and ‘people's perspective’. The primary objective of the assembly was to ‘give voice to the people and make their voices heard in decisions affecting their health and well being’. http://www.phmovement.org/.

Partners in Health: the base of social movements in HIV and TB control. As their mission statement notes, ‘At its root, our mission is both medical and moral. It is based on solidarity, rather than charity alone. When a person in Peru, or Siberia, or rural Haiti falls ill, PIH uses all of the means at our disposal to make them well—from pressuring drug manufacturers, to lobbying policy makers, to providing medical care and social services. Whatever it takes. Just as we would do if a member of our own family—or we ourselves—were ill’. http://www.pih.org/who/vision.html

Young Professionals’ Chronic Disease Network: The Young Professionals Chronic Disease Network is a global network promoting research, policy and advocacy work on non-communicable diseases (NCDs). It capitalizes on the energy, innovative thinking, and courage of young people to challenge the status quo. The YP-CDN participates in the local and global knowledge economy using social media to create virtual platforms for sharing knowledge and ideas. Members are students and budding experts in their fields-public health professionals, doctors, sociologists, anthropologists, philosophers, nutritionists and architects. www.ypchronic.org

Methods and tools for action

Power structure analysis

For example, to study the influence of corporations, we suggest reading alternative news media, such as DemocracyNow (http://www.democracynow.org/), Huffington Post (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/), (p.303) MultiNational Monitor (http://multinationalmonitor.org/), and Center for Media and Democracy PR Watch (http://www.prwatch.org/). Some of the most important tools and hypotheses come from investigative journalism.

For research tools, we recommend consulting the following websites: Bill Domhoff 's page (http://sociology.ucsc.edu/whorulesamerica/methods/how_to_do_power_structure_research.html) and An Internet Guide to Power Structure Research (http://darkwing.uoregon.edu/∼vburris/whorules/corporations.htm).

Read Z-Magazine: http://www.zcommunications.org/zmag.

Counterpunch: http://www.counterpunch.org/.

The Nation: http://www.thenation.com/.

Institute for Policy Studies: excellent information on the global economy and foreign policy. http://www.ips-dc.org/.

Corporations and health

Wiist WH. The bottom line or public health: Tactics corporations use to influence health and health policy, and what we can do to counter them. New York: Oxford University Press, 2010.

Tobacco Industry Documents: more than 30 million pages of industry documents are available. They provide a critical source of information that can help you to understand how industries attempt to influence public health interventions. http://legacy.library.ucsf.edu/.

Social and economic determinants of health

CSDH. Closing the gap in a generation: Health equity through action on the social determinants of health. Final report of the Commission on Social Determinants of Health. Geneva: World Health Organization, 2008.

Farmer P. Pathologies of power: health, human rights, and the new war on the poor. Los Angeles, CA: University of California Press, 2003.

Kim JY, Millen JV, Irwin A, Gershman J (eds). Dying for Growth: global inequality and the health of the poor. Monroe, ME: Common Courage Press, 2000.

Marmot M. The status syndrome: how social standing directly affects your health and life expectancy. New York: Henry Holt, 2004.

Klein N. The shock doctrine: Harmandsworth: Penguin, 2008.

Patel R. Stuffed and starved: the hidden battle for the world food system. Brooklyn, NY: Melville House, 2008.

Qualitative research

Narayan D. Voices of the poor: can anyone hear us? Washington, DC: World Bank, 2000.

Political determinants of scientific change

Epstein S. Impure Science: AIDS, activism, and the politics of knowledge. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 1998.