The most prominent debates on health point to the understanding of health as a fundamental human right and as one of the most powerful indicators of the level of social justice in a society. Health stands at the core of a broader picture of Development and Health Determinants are of crucial importance to achieve the Health for All objective. The Reforms in the Health Care Systems of the last decades have seriously affected issues of access and quality health care, as well as the Health Workforce. Not surprisingly, the health arena is characterized by an increasing number of actors, which not only makes the Health Governance a very crucial topic, but at the same time points to the vital role of Trade Unions, NGOs and Social Movements in the Struggle for Health.
It is the time for a substantial change and there are spaces for policy interventions at different levels. The evidence of what is and what is not working is overwhelming. The research on health is voluminous and the knowledge to address health crises is already with us. Moreover, in these times of high interdependence among countries and when the term "development" is the highlight of all national and international events, the time for change is overdue. "A fairer world is a safer world" and health is a crucial indicator of a fair society, transforming health into an important factor for peace in the world.
This webpage is a collection of papers and websites related to health aiming at eliciting a more vivid debate among unions on the political implications of health. Current discourses on health politics are at the core of the existing debates on issues of health workers and public health service.