National Strategies for Global Health



This chapter brings together a review of the global health diplomacy strategies of the USA and Switzerland by Priyanka Kanth and David Gleicher with a review of the development of China’s approach to health and diplomacy by Yan Guo. It explores the difficulties of achieving agreement between different stakeholders on a common definition of global health and the actions required to address it at national level. It suggests that the concept of global public goods is an important key to global health governance issues. National strategies or approaches to global health reveal the way in which different countries have resolved cross sector issues raised by the determinants of global health. The examples explored here of the approaches taken by the USA, Switzerland, and China provide insights into the way national interests in global health are defined in practice and the light they cast on the difficulties of strengthening global governance for health.


Global Health Foreign Policy Policy Coherence Global Public Good Shanghai Cooperation Organization 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Global Health ProgrammeGraduate Institute of International and Development StudiesGeneva 21Switzerland
  2. 2.World Economic ForumGenevaSwitzerland
  3. 3.School of Public HealthPeking University Health Science CenterBeijingPR China
  4. 4.Institute of Global HealthPeking UniversityBeijingPR China

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