Independent report

Annual independent review of the UK Government's global health strategy

This report is a review of the UK Global Health Strategy, 'Health is Global'. The review looks at the coherence and consistency of UK government working in the BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) in line with the GHS.

Applies to England


Annual independent review of the UK Government's global health strategy

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At the time of the GHS launch in September 2008, the UK Government’s initiative reflected rapidly growing concerns across national governments, international bodies and others, about the links between health policy, globalisation and early signs of financial downturn, new disease pandemics, and an increasing understanding of climate change impact and mitigation.

There was a need for both domestic and international policy to consider global health and the impact of other policies on health much more robustly and strategically, and to strive for more consistency and coherence.

Many government departments and agencies work on issues that either directly or indirectly affects global health and this strategy seeks to provide a framework for departments to work more strategically together to make the most of opportunities to improve health.

Published 16 June 2010