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Constructing public–private partnerships to undermine the public interest: critical discourse analysis of Working Together published by the International Alliance for Responsible Drinking

The global burden of alcohol harm has increased and is forecast to grow further without effective policy implementation. Public–private partnerships aiming to address global health, and other societal challenges, are a burgeoning feature of neoliberal governance. Rhetorically distancing themselves from tobacco, the major alcohol companies are committed to tackling ‘harmful drinking’ and have created a distinct type of public relations organization for this purpose. The activities of such organizations are increasingly recognized as an impediment to the implementation of policies to reduce alcohol harm, including in low- and middle-income countries where markets are expanding.

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Challenges in international health financing and implications for the new Pandemic Fund

The failures of the international COVID-19 response highlighted key gaps in pandemic preparedness and response (PPR). The G20 and WHO have called for additional funding of $10.5 billion per year to adequately strengthen the global PPR architecture. In response to these calls, in 2022 the World Bank announced the launch of a new Financial Intermediary Fund (The Pandemic Fund) to catalyse this additional funding. However, there is considerable unclarity regarding the governance makeup and financial modalities of the Pandemic Fund, and divergence of opinion about whether the Fund has been successfully designed to respond to key challenges in global health financing.

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Globalization and Health is a pioneering transdisciplinary journal that situates public health and well-being within the dynamic forces of global development. We are dedicated to publishing high-quality, original research exploring how globalization processes affect global public health through their impacts on health systems and the social, economic, commercial, and political determinants of health.

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Are we prepared for the next pandemic? New tools for measurement and assessment

New Content ItemStudies show that standard preparedness measures do not predict COVID-19 outcomes, suggesting new measures are needed. But evaluating metrics is more than prediction. Measurement science points the way to tools that capture operational capabilities , including coordination and decisionmaking.  Published Feb 09, 2024

Ronald Labonté, Editor-in-Chief

Ronald Labonté is a Professor in the School of Public Health and Epidemiology, University of Ottawa, Canada, and Distinguished Research Chair in Globalization and Health Equity. His current work focuses on the political economy of trade and health, health worker migration, medical tourism, health system reform, and global health diplomacy. He chaired the Globalization Knowledge Network for the WHO Commission on Social Determinants of Health, consults with UN agencies, governments and civil society organizations, and is active in the Peoples’ Health Movement. He enjoyed an earlier career as a health promotion consultant working in Canada and internationally on the social determinants of health equity.

Katerini Storeng, Editor-in-Chief

Katerini T. Storeng is Associate Professor at the Centre for DevelopNew Content Itemment and the Environment, University of Oslo, where she leads the Global Health Politics research group and co-directs the Collective for the Political Determinants of Health. With a grounding in medical anthropology, her research focuses on how global public-private partnerships, philanthropies and corporations are reshaping global health governance, knowledge production and policymaking, currently within the domains of pandemic response and digital health.

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