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.
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).