GHW5: Contents, upcoming launches, where to buy the book

For over a decade, Global Health Watch has been the definitive source for alternative analysis on health and healthcare, challenging conventional wisdom and pioneering innovative new approaches to the field. Global Health Watch 5, the latest edition in the series,addresses the key challenges facing governments and health practitioners today, within the context of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.

What is the Global Health Watch?

Published by Zed Books and now in its fifth edition, the GHW is widely perceived as the definitive voice for an alternative discourse on health. GHW5 integrates rigorous analysis, alternative proposals and stories of struggles and change to present a compelling case for the imperative to work for a radical transformation of the way we approach actions and policies on health. It is designed to question present policies on health and to propose alternatives through new analysis.

Who is involved in the GHW5?

The production of GHW5 was coordinated by the People’s Health Movement, Asociacion Latino-americana de Medicina Social, Health Poverty Action, Medico International, Third World Network and Medact.


What does GHW5 cover?

With contributions from more than 80 experts from across the globe, GHW5 addresses key issues in the health sector. Through its five sections, it covers diverse issues related to health systems and the range of social, economic, political and environmental determinants of health. GHW5 locates decisions and choices that impact on health in the structure of global power relations and economic governance and is complemented by the ' Watching' section that scrutinises global processes and institutions. The final section on 'Alternatives, Action and Change', documents inspiring stories of struggles and actions for change.

We call upon all progressive health and development movements and NGOs to disseminate the evidence and analysis in GHW5.


Contents of GHW5

Section A: The global political and economic architecture

A1: Sustainable Development Goals in the age of Neoliberalism               

A2: ‘Leave No One Behind’ -- are SDGs the way forward?

A3: Advances and Setbacks towards a Single Public Health System in Latin America          

A4: Structural roots of Migration


Section B: Health systems: current issues and debates

B1: Universal Health Coverage: Only About Financial Protection?              

B2: Revitalizing Community Control in Primary Health Care                          

B3: Healthcare in the US: Understanding the Medical-Industrial Complex             

B4 : Contexualizing the Struggle of Health Workers in South Africa                           

B5: The ‘new’ Karolinska hospital: How PPPs undermine public services                

B6: Access to Healthcare of Migrants in the EU                                                  

B7: Informalisation of Employment in Public Health Services in South Asia


Section C: Beyond healthcare

C1: Climate Change, Environmental Degradation and Health: Confronting the Realities  

C2: Gendered approach to Reproductive and Sexual Health and Rights                                  

C3: Health Reforms in Chile: Lack of Progress in Women's Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights     

C4: Trade Agreements and Health of Workers   

C5 : Public Health in the Extractive Sector in East and Southern Africa     

C6: The War on Drugs: From Law Enforcement to Public Health 


Section D: Watching

D1: Money Talks at the World Health Organization                          

D2: Private Philanthropic Foundations: What do they mean for Global Health?   

D3: Management Consulting Firms in Global Health        

D4: GAVI and Global Fund: Private Governance Structures Trump Public Oversight in Public Private Partnerships              

D5: Investment Treaties: Holding Governments to ransom          

D6: Framing of Health as a Security Issue              

D7: Politics of Data, Information and Knowledge              

D8: Access and Benefit Sharing: The Pandemic Influenza Preparedness Framework                   

D9: Total Sanitation programs at the cost of human dignity


Section E: Resistance, actions and change

E1: Social Movements Defend Progressive Health Reforms in El Salvador              

E2: Contestations Concerning Management of Severe Acute Malnutrition in India           

E3: People living with HIV in India: The Struggle for Access           

E4: Community engagement in the Struggle for Health in Italy

Will there be a launch close to my place?

Launches are already planned in many cities across the globe. If there is no launch in your city yet, why not organise one!

We invite you to consider launching the GHW5 in your region. For this purpose you can download ‘launch kits’ below and write to us to request that we send you free books (shipping charges will be borne by the event organisers).

For more information contact Gargeya <gargeya.t[at]> or Amit Sengupta <asengupta[at]>


What is included in the launch kit?

Where to buy the book?

The book is available for sale online as well as in book stores. It can be accesed here from Zed Books and here from Hesperian and here from Amazon.