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Global Health Governance and the Challenge of Chronic, Non-Communicable Disease

Journal of Law, Medicine and Ethics, Vol. 38, No. 3, pp. 490-507, 2010

Sydney Law School Research Paper No. 10/123

39 Pages Posted: 10 Nov 2010  

Roger Magnusson

The University of Sydney Law School

Date Written: November 9, 2010

Abstract

This paper considers how we can conceptualize a “global response” to chronic, non-communicable diseases (NCDs) - including cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes and tobacco-related diseases. These diseases are the leading cause of death and disability in developed countries, and also in developing countries outside sub-Saharan Africa. The paper reviews emerging and proposed initiatives for global NCD governance, explains why NCDs merit a global response, and the ways in which global initiatives ultimately benefit national health outcomes. As the global response to NCDs matures, and the number of initiatives and partnerships increases, it will become increasingly important to map their respective contributions, and to evaluate progress overall. It is not yet clear what institutional mechanism, if any, will rise above the sea of surrounding initiatives to play this global role. This paper therefore aims to provide a conceptual map for making sense of what individual initiatives contribute to global governance. This map also draws attention to the distinctively “global” public health functions that a global response to NCDs should seek to discharge.

Keywords: public health law, non-communicable diseases, global health governance, international health

JEL Classification: K10, K30, K32, K33

Suggested Citation

Magnusson, Roger, Global Health Governance and the Challenge of Chronic, Non-Communicable Disease (November 9, 2010). Journal of Law, Medicine and Ethics, Vol. 38, No. 3, pp. 490-507, 2010; Sydney Law School Research Paper No. 10/123. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1705903

Roger Magnusson (Contact Author)

The University of Sydney Law School ( email )

New Law Building, F10
The University of Sydney
Sydney, NSW 2006
Australia

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