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Health and social policy

BRICS' particular activities in health and social policy, importance of public health in national socio-economic development in order to manage inequality, impact of the BRICS on health systems and social protection.

About rising powers, health and social policy

Amongst the Rising Powers, the BRICS have been particularly active in health and social policy. The BRICS Forum has ministerial meetings in Finance and Health, showing the importance attributed to the latter. All 5 countries have invested in public health, viewing it as essential to national socio-economic development, and as an important tool in managing the inequality their countries grapple with. Public health has been integrated into the national and international agendas, with countries like China, Brazil and South Africa all making significant advances in public health. This section examines some of the extensive literature available on the impact of the BRICS in health and social policy – including health systems and social protection.

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Are South African retailers following good labour practices?
N. Ascoly / Centre for Research on Multinational Corporations 2007
This report explores the labour standards and corporates social responsibility (CSR) codes of South African garment retailers. Short profiles of several South African retailers are presented, along with available information on their ...
New powers for global change?: Brazil as a regional player and an emerging global power: foreign policy strategies and the impact on the new international order
P. Roberto de Almeida / Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung e.V. 2007
Brazil is increasingly becoming an important player in world politics, both within the South American context and globally as one of the so-called BRICs. This essay examines the main lines of Brazilian foreign policy in the current pr...
Why developing countries should not agree to TRIPS-plus data exclusivity measures
Community Health Cell, Society for Community Health Awareness, Research and Action 2007
This document contains 3 separate papers dealing with the issue of “data exclusivity”, a term that refers to new “TRIPS-plus” measures that some governments, especially the US, are seeking to include in bilater...
Cash transfers reduce inequality but not enough to break poverty cycle
F.V. Soares; R.P. Ribas; R.G. Osorio / International Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth 2007
Created in 2004, Brazil's Bolsa Familia programme consists of monthly cash transfers to poor households with children or pregnant women and unconditional transfers to extremely poor households. This paper examines how successfully and...
Increased spending on HIV and AIDS has not come at the expense of funding for other areas
E. Lief; J. Antonio Izazola-Lice / Center for Strategic and International Studies, Washington 2006
Produced as a background paper to inform the conference, ‘Sustaining U.S. Global Leadership on HIV and AIDS’, this issue brief presents a preliminary analysis of HIV and AIDS financing in developing countries. Drawing...
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