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Global Health Challenges for Human Security

Global Health Challenges for Human Security

Edited by Lincoln C. Chen, Jennifer Leaning, and Vasant Narasimhan

ISBN 9780674014534

Publication date: 04/30/2004

The goals of health and human security are fundamentally valued in all societies, yet the breadth of their interconnections are not properly understood. This volume explores the evolving relationship between health and security in today's interdependent world, and offers policy guidelines for global health action.

This volume underscores three basic principles. First, recent developments in the changing security landscape present enormous challenges for human security and global health. Second, although the connections between health and security are long-standing, the current context of new conflicts, pervasive poverty, and accelerating global flows has brought the fields closer together. Finally, a human security approach dependent upon individual and collective action can identify new strategies for meeting the goals of global health and security.

The distinguished contributions to this volume were commissioned by Harvard University's Global Equity Initiative, a research unit supporting the work of the International Commission on Human Security.


  • Lincoln C. Chen is President of the China Medical Board.
  • Jennifer Leaning is Director of the Harvard FXB Center and FXB Professor of the Practice of Health and Human Rights at the T. H. Chan School of Public Health, Harvard University.
  • Vasant Narasimhan is a research fellow at the Global Equity Initiative and a consultant to the Rockefeller Foundation.

Book Details

  • 338 pages
  • Global Equity Initiative, Harvard University