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An Introduction to Global Health Delivery$
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Joia S. Mukherjee

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780190662455

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2017

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190662455.001.0001

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Building the Right to Health Movement

Building the Right to Health Movement

Activism, Advocacy, and Social Change

(p.293) 14 Building the Right to Health Movement
An Introduction to Global Health Delivery

Joia S. Mukherjee

Oxford University Press

To achieve UHC and the right to health will require a movement in the US and globally. This chapter introduces the concept of social movements in global health. Activism was essential in causing the paradigm shift from prevention to care delivery that gave birth to the global health era. Further activism will be necessary to change the global double standard that implicates who lives and who dies. A movement or coalition of movements is necessary to fight for health systems that can address the entirety of burden of disease, improve the social determinants of health, deliver high-quality equitable care. This chapter highlights the strategies and tactics used by successful and ongoing movements that seek global health equity and justice. The chapter also presents concrete examples for action that can be used to help build and support the social movement needed to realize the universal right to health care.

Keywords:   social movements, organizing, resources, power, targeting, power-mapping, political will, Universities Allied for Essential Medicines, cholera in Haiti

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