Global health security and universal health coverage: from a marriage of convenience to a strategic, effective partnership

Wenham, Clare, Katz, Rebecca, Birungi, Charles, Boden, Lisa, Eccleston-Turner, Mark, Gostin, Lawrence, Guinto, Renzo, Hellowell, Mark, Husøy Onarheim, Kristine, Hutton, Joshua, Kapilashrami, Anuj, Mendenhall, Emily, Phelan, Alexandra, Tichenor, Marlee and Sridhar, Devi (2019) Global health security and universal health coverage: from a marriage of convenience to a strategic, effective partnership. BMJ Global Health, 4 (e00114). pp. 1-7. ISSN 2059-7908

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Abstract

Global health security and universal health coverage have been frequently considered as “two sides of the same coin”. Yet, greater analysis is required as to whether and where these two ideals converge, and what important differences exist. A consequence of ignoring their individual characteristics is to distort global and local health priorities in an effort to streamline policymaking and funding activities. This paper examines the areas of convergence and divergence between global health security and universal health coverage, both conceptually and empirically. We consider analytical concepts of risk and human rights as fundamental to both goals, but also identify differences in priorities between the two ideals. We support the argument that the process of health system strengthening provides the most promising mechanism of benefiting both goals.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Global Health; Health Security; Universal Health Coverage
Schools and Departments: School of Business, Management and Economics > SPRU - Science Policy Research Unit
Research Centres and Groups: Sussex Sustainability Research Programme
Subjects: R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine > RA0643 Communicable diseases and public health
Depositing User: Joshua Hutton
Date Deposited: 16 Jan 2019 11:40
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2019 13:19
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/81317

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