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Health Inequalities and Global Justice

Edited by Patti Tamara Lenard, Christine Straehle

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Explores the moral dilemmas posed by disparities in health across nations

Contributors to this volume considers whether health inequalities are a result of global distributive inequalities and are therefore of concern to those promoting global redistributive justice.

Case studies include

  • The migration of healthcare practitioners from developing to developed nations
  • The impact of climate change
  • The social determinants of health outcomes
  • The effects of pharmaceutical legislation – and international bad practices more generally – on securing access to life-saving drugs in the developing world
  • The differential effect of these practices on men and women, especially with respect to HIV/AIDS

These cases are explored alongside theoretical questions of definition, responsibility and moral relevance to discover the scope of responsibilities that developed nations have towards poor health in developing nations.


Introduction: Health inequality as a concern for global redistributive justice, Patti Tamara Lenard and Christine Straehle
Part 1: A right to equal health?
1. Is there a human right to health?, Adina Preda
2. What’s Wrong with Global Health Inequalities?, Daniel M. Hausman
3. Ecological Subjects, ‘Ethical Place-making’, and Global Health Equity, Lisa Eckenwiler
4. Health inequalities, capabilities, and global justice, Sridhar Venkatapuram
Part 2: Who is responsible for remedying global health inequality?
5. Reexamining the Ethical Foundations: Behind the Distribution of Global Health, Garrett Wallace Brown
6. Global Health and Responsibility, Gillian Brock
7. Outlining the global duties of justice owed to women living with HIV/AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa, Angela Kaida and Patti Lenard
Part 3: Measuring heath or health outcomes
8. Measuring Global Health, Kristin Voigt
9. Exploring a Sufficiency View of Health Equity, Yukiko Asada
10. Rating Efforts to Extend Access on Essential Medicines: Increasing Global Health Impact, Nicole Hassoun
Part 4: Borders and health
11. Justice and Health Inequalities in Humanitarian Crises: Structured Health Vulnerabilities and Natural Disasters, Matthew R. Hunt and Ryoa Chung
12. ‘Illegal’ Migrants and Access to Public Health: A Human Rights Approach, Phillip Cole
13. Medical Migration between the Human Right to Health and Freedom of Movement, Eszter Kollar
14. Health Care Migration, Vulnerability and Individual Autonomy – The case of Malawi, Christine Straehle.

About the Author

Patti Tamara Lenard is Assistant Professor of Applied Ethics in the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Ottawa, Canada. She is the author of numerous articles in journals including Global Justice: Theory, Practice and Rhetoric, Philosophy, Politics and Economics, Policy and Society, Political Studies Review, Journal of Moral Philosophy, Ethical Theory and Moral Practice, Contemporary Political Theory, Journal of Social Philosophy, Philosophical Studies, and Canadian Foreign Policy Journal.

Christine Straehle is Associate Professor of Ethics in the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Ottawa, Canada. She is author of journal articles that have been published in Philosophy, Politics and Economics, Policy and Society and Contemporary Political Theory.

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