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To Decentralize or Not to Decentralize, is That the Question? Nicaraguan Health Policy under Structural Adjustment in the 1990s
The authors analyze the 1990s' health policies in Nicaragua, paying particular attention to the blending of decentralization policy with the fiscal and administrative reforms advanced by the International Monetary Fund, World Bank, and other international agencies. Expand
Textbook of International Health: Global Health in a Dynamic World
This classic text, formerly known as the "Basch" textbook, now completely revised in an updated new edition, brings together information that students and professionals working in the wide variety ofExpand
Making it Politic(al): closing the Gap in a Generation: Health Equity Through Action on the Social Determinants of Health
The anniversary of the publication of Closing the Gap in a Generation (CGG) offers a moment to reflect on the report’s contributions and shortcomings, as well as to consider the political watersExpand
The stages of international (global) health: Histories of success or successes of history?
  • A. Birn
  • Sociology, Medicine
  • Global public health
  • 1 January 2009
It is argued that historians of global health and policymakers need to interact further so that historians are exposed to the contemporary problems of globalhealth and policymakers better understand the historical complexity of extracting ‘lessons’ from the past. Expand
Neoliberalism Redux: The Global Health Policy Agenda and the Politics of Cooptation in Latin America and Beyond
This article explores the neoliberal cooptation of social justice-oriented global health policies over the last three decades, from primary health care and ‘health for all’ to various contemporaryExpand
Philanthrocapitalism, past and present: The Rockefeller Foundation, the Gates Foundation, and the setting(s) of the international/global health agenda
  • A. Birn
  • Political Science
  • 1 November 2014
In recent years the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has emerged as this era's most renowned, and argu- ably its most influential, global health player. A century ago, the RockefellerExpand
The Health of Nations: Why Inequality Is Harmful to Your Health
The Health of Nations The American Prospect The Health Of Nations Why The Health of Nations | The MIT Press Why the U.S. Health-Care System Is So Bad The Atlantic Improving the Health of the NationExpand
Gates's grandest challenge: transcending technology as public health ideology
  • A. Birn
  • Medicine
  • The Lancet
  • 6 August 2005
The numbers are as plain as 1-2-3. Over one million annual deaths from malaria, almost two million from tuberculosis, and more than three million from HIV/AIDS, most of which occur in underdevelopedExpand