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Ethical and Economic Perspectives on Global Health Interventions

  • Sonia Bhalotra
  • Thomas Pogge


Interventions that improve childhood health directly improve the quality of life and, in addition, have multiplier effects, producing sustained population and economic gains in poor countries. We suggest how contemporary global institutions shaping the development, pricing and distribution of vaccines and drugs may be modified to deliver large improvements in health. To support a justice argument for such modification, we show how the current global economic order may contribute to perpetuating poverty and poor health in less-developed countries.

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Paper provided by Department of Economics, University of Bristol, UK in its series The Centre for Market and Public Organisation with number 12/286.

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Length: 24 pages
Date of creation: Mar 2012
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Handle: RePEc:bri:cmpowp:12/286
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