In July the Global Health Watch 2005 was released, targeting the BWIs for their role in weakening public health care systems. The report, meant as an alternative to the World Health Organisation’s World Health Report was spearheaded by The People’s Health Movement, Medact and The Global Equity Gauge Alliance. The report assesses the state of health care systems and services; the health of vulnerable communities such as indigenous peoples; the wider health context including climate change and war; and the role of global institutions, corporations and rich countries. The section on the BWIs says that the Bank “has become a much bigger influence than the WHO in the health sector.”
After 4 years of on-off negotiation and public opposition, the government of Egypt has signed a loan deal with the IMF whose impacts civil society fears will encroach upon human rights, social protection and social provision, like health and education, upon which the poorest depend.
Investments by the World Bank-hosted Global Financing Facility (GFF) do not reflect the family planning priorities identified by developing countries and local communities. The GFF also continues to suffer from a lack of transparency and meaningful civil society participation, raising doubts about the new mechanism’s effectiveness.
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