Global Health and Responsibility

Gillian Brock

in Health Inequalities and Global Justice

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print August 2012 | ISBN: 9780748646920
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780748676682 | DOI:
Global Health and Responsibility

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A striking feature concerning the state of global health is that it is characterized by some radical disparities, including those in life expectancy, maternal mortality, and malaria-related deaths. Do we have any responsibilities with respect to improving global health? I begin to answer this question by surveying a number of international practices that contribute to poor global health. We can then appreciate how many different kinds of international practices, policies, and arrangements facilitate poor global health. Which, if any, are we obligated to reform? How should we allocate responsibilities fairly in bringing about some necessary reforms? I argue that there are an important class of remedial responsibilities that fall on many citizens of affluent, developed states, and their primary agents of change, governments. In order to appreciate why this conclusion follows, I analyze the notion of remedial responsibilities and the grounds on which it may fairly be allocated.

Keywords: global health; responsibilities for global health; remedial responsibilities; allocating responsibilities; global health inequalities

Chapter.  6532 words. 

Subjects: International Relations

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