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Why investing in health is a challenge under the current global economic system

Linda Mans

This summer I took up IHP’s suggestion and read Paul Mason’s ‘PostCapitalism: a Guide to Our Future’. That triggered my interest in Ilias Alami’s ‘On the terrorism of money and national policy-making in emerging capitalist economies’. My “summer of Marxism” provided me with a few clues on why investing in health and the health workforce is a ‘Grand Challenge’ of sorts (to borrow a term from an arch-capitalist). That shouldn’t stop us from advocating for it, though, even if the term is still an understatement, I’m afraid.

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Lack of focus on health and environment in human rights

The Netherlands should be fully committed to the economic, social and cultural rights as agreed upon in international human rights treaties. Especially rights that pertain to health and environment should be prioritized in all policies. This is the core message of a joint contribution of the organizations Stand Up For Your Rights, Milieudefensie (Friends of the Earth Netherlands) and Wemos to the second Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of the United Nations Human Rights Council.

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