By Sandra J. MacLean, Pieter P. Fourie, Sherri Brown
The transforming into curiosity between IR and IPE students displays a number of contemporary advancements: the fast transnationalization of infectious ailments; the fear to securitize healthiness in accordance with bioterrorism; quite a few health-related exchange matters and the influence of environmental degradation on future health.
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The Commission for Africa cited an estimate ‘that stolen African assets equivalent to more than half of the continent’s external debt are held in foreign bank accounts’ (Commission for Africa, 2005, p. 150); other estimates of capital flight from sub-Saharan Africa yield an even higher figure (Ndikumana and Boyce, 2003). In 2005, the G8 committed themselves to ‘[w]ork vigorously for early ratification of the UN Convention Against Corruption and start discussions on mechanisms to ensure its effective implementation’ (G8, 2005), although as of July 2008 Germany, Italy and Japan had yet to ratify the Convention.
Another major concern expressed about pharmaceuticals is the pressure they exert to keep drug costs high – prohibitively so for many individuals in the South. The most widely publicized case involved the attempt by a group of companies in the late 1990s to block South Africa’s compulsory licensing of generic drugs (Kumaranayake and Lake, 2002, p. 88). Intense opposition led by the South African coalition, Treatment Action Campaign (TAC), and supported by powerful international NGOs as well as the WHO and some Western European countries (see TAC website) eventually persuaded the pharmaceutical companies to withdraw their petition.
Focusing on global HIV/AIDS programmes operating in Africa, she argues that, in fact, there is a ‘crisis of implementation’. Part IV explores several practical implications of current global health governance. The first chapter in this section, by Sandra MacLean and David MacLean, explores the present state of global health research, and argues that business interests dominate in setting the research agenda, which is much more directed towards biotechnical innovation than social determinants. Business interests also underscore Valbona Muzaka’s chapter, which is concerned with the production of pharmaceutical products.