A Plea for Global Health Action Bottom-Up

  • Laaser U
  • Dorey S
  • Nurse J
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Abstract

This opinion piece focuses on global health action by hands-on bottom-up practice: initiation of an organizational framework and securing financial efficiency are - however - essential, both clearly a domain of well-trained public health professionals. Examples of action are cited in the four main areas of global threats: planetary climate change, global divides and inequity, global insecurity and violent conflicts, and global instability and financial crises. In conclusion, a stable health systems policy framework would greatly enhance success. However, such organizational framework dries out if not linked to public debates channeling fresh thoughts and controversial proposals: the structural stabilization is essential but has to serve not to dominate bottom-up activities. In other words, a horizontal management is required, a balanced equilibrium between bottom-up initiative and top-down support. Last but not least, rewarding voluntary and charity work by public acknowledgment is essential.;

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Laaser, U., Dorey, S., & Nurse, J. (2016). A Plea for Global Health Action Bottom-Up. Frontiers in Public Health, 4. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpubh.2016.00241

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