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Beholden: Religion, Global Health, and Human Rights

Susan R. Holman


Global health-related efforts today are usually shaped by two very different ideological approaches. They either reflect a human rights-based approach to health and equity, often associated with public health, medicine, or economic development activities; or they express religious or humanitarian “aid,” usually motivated by personal beliefs about charity, philanthropy, missional dynamics, and/or a ministry of “mercy.” The underlying differences between these two approaches can create tensions and even outright hostility that affect and may even undermine the best intentions of those involved. ... More

Keywords: global health, human rights, religion, charity, public health, mission, philanthropy, justice, humanitarian aid

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780199827763
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199827763.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Susan R. Holman, author
Harvard Global Health Institute