U.S. Philanthrocapitalism and the Global Health Agenda

- Venture-philanthropy represents a grave threat to democratic global health governance and scientific independence, says panel member Anne-Emanuelle Birn.

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The Rockefeller and Gates Foundations, Past and Present

The Rockefeller Foundation and, more recently, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, have been influential agenda-setters in the global health and nutrition arenas. Panel member Anne-Emanuelle Birn and, her colleague, Judith Richter’s historical comparison concludes that the Gates Foundation’s venture-philanthropy has resulted in extensive private, for-profit influence in global health, leading to a blurring of boundaries between the public and the private and representing a grave threat to democratic global health governance and scientific independence. The authors emphasize the urgency of reversing this trend.

Read the whole text on PEAH - Policies for Equitable Access to Health's website. This is a preview of Chapter 10 from Health Care under the Knife: Moving Beyond Capitalism for Our Health, Howard Waitzkin and the Working Group for Health Beyond Capitalism, eds. Monthly Review Press (forthcoming 2018).

Tags: Rockefeller Foundation, Gates Foundation, Philanthrocapitalism, Health, Public health, Global Health, globalisation By Anne-Emanuelle Birn and Judith Richter
Published June 6, 2017 9:40 AM - Last modified Apr. 27, 2018 11:41 AM