BRICS: Emergence of Health Agenda
The BRICS Group in the Spotlight: An Interdisciplinary Approach, November 2014
Posted: 14 Mar 2016
Date Written: April 1, 2015
Health is an indispensable public good. At the national level, it has been manifested in the commitment of the BRICS members of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa to scale up health financing. At the global level, it is evidenced by the international community progress on the three health-related Millennium Development Goals. However, despite successes in fighting infectious diseases and reducing child and maternal mortality, old risks persist and new challenges emerge, resulting from the 2008 global financial crisis, current sluggish economic growth and growing economic inequality. The BRICS countries face these challenges and have begun cooperation on health issues. They must build their emerging health agenda recognizing these challenges, committing to develop sustainable policy solutions and cooperating with other actors to promote effective health governance for change. To explore how the BRICS contribute toward global health governance, this article first considers BRICS cooperation (its institutionalization, discourse and engagement with other international institutions) with a focus on health issues. It then looks into the members’ national health systems, challenges and goals. It concludes with expectations of the future BRICS health agenda and its implications for global governance.
Keywords: BRICS, global health governance, global governance, commitments, institutionalization, official development assistance, World Health Organization, global public good
JEL Classification: F5
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