The Politics of International Health

The Politics of International Health : The Children's Vaccine Initiative and the Struggle to Develop Vaccines for the Third World

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Tracing the history of the Children's Vaccine Initiative (CVI), this book examines its successes and failures in promoting the development of both new and improved vaccines for the Third World. The CVI has achieved many successes, including making vaccination a top international public sector priority. Most of its failures have stemmed from the often bitter competition between the fledgling Initiative and the notoriously tort-conscious and inefficient World Health Organization (WHO) over their respective roles in championing vaccines.
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  • Paperback | 272 pages
  • 152 x 224 x 18mm | 358.34g
  • Albany, NY, United States
  • English
  • Total Illustrations: 0
  • 0791440001
  • 9780791440001

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..".an important contribution to our general understanding of the high politics of international health ... professional health workers, academics and lay readers will all learn something from this study." -- Social Science & Medicine "The author, in a carefully researched effort, illuminates well the anatomy of a Byzantine power struggle among otherwise well-meaning but competing international agencies and individuals who are endeavoring to develop and provide vaccines throughout the Third World. It is a remarkably even-handed effort, incorporating candid observations by many of the principal participants which are otherwise unavailable. This book could well serve as an exemplar of the difficulties surrounding what would superficially appear to be rather straightforward solutions to important international problems." -- Donald A. Henderson, Johns Hopkins University Medical School "This is an excellent book. From a public health point of view, it is a very important story. Not only are the basic facts well documented, but the psychosocial side of the story is vivid, utilizing well the selected interviews. Muraskin has fulfilled the historical scholar's job, and framed it in a clear, articulate story." -- Samuel W. Bloom, Mount Sinai School of Medicine
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About William Muraskin

William Muraskin is Professor of Urban Studies at Queens College, City University of New York. He is the author of The War Against Hepatitis B: A History of the International Task Force on Hepatitis B Immunization and Middle Class Blacks in a White Society: Prince Hall Freemasonry in America.
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