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Inge Kaul

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780195157406

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0195157400.001.0001

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Beyond Communicable Disease Control: Health in the Age of Globalization

Beyond Communicable Disease Control: Health in the Age of Globalization

(p.484) Beyond Communicable Disease Control: Health in the Age of Globalization
Providing Global Public Goods

Dyna Arhin‐Tenkorang

Pedro Conceição

Oxford University Press

Public health is one of the most prominent global public goods, yet the history of international co‐operation to control communicable diseases reveals mixed results. To help understand why some diseases have been tamed while others have not, three challenges are analysed. The main finding is that problems tend to persist when the publicness of the response is limited. Here, publicness refers to the three key inputs—available medical knowledge, public health infrastructure and private household spending on complementary goods and services. Examines this relationship in the light of four examples—polio, HIV/AIDS, infection by antimicrobial‐resistant agents, and sickle cell disease. Concludes with a discussion of options for enhancing publicness as defined.

Keywords:   AIDS, antimicrobial resistance, global public goods, globalization, health care, HIV, polio, public health, sickle cell disease

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