Bridging health and foreign policy: the role of health impact assessments.


Lee, K; Ingram, A; Lock, K; McInnes, C; (2007) Bridging health and foreign policy: the role of health impact assessments. Bulletin of the World Health Organization, 85 (3). pp. 207-11. ISSN 0042-9686 DOI: https://doi.org/10.2471/BLT.06.037077

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Abstract

Health impact assessment (HIA) is an important tool for exploring the intersection between health and foreign policy, offering a useful analytical approach to increase positive health impacts and minimize negative impacts. Numerous subject areas have brought health and foreign policy together. Yet further opportunities exist for HIA to address a broader range of health impacts that otherwise may not be seen as relevant to foreign policy. HIA may also improve the quality of scientific evidence available to policy-makers. The Framework Convention on Tobacco Control offers lessons for the strategic use of HIA. However, HIA alone is limited in influencing these decision-making processes, notably when issues diverge from other core concerns such as economics and security. In such cases, HIA is an important tool to be used alongside the mobilization of key constituencies and public support.

Item Type: Article
Faculty and Department: Faculty of Public Health and Policy > Dept of Global Health and Development
Faculty of Infectious and Tropical Diseases > Dept of Pathogen Molecular Biology
Faculty of Public Health and Policy > Dept of Health Services Research and Policy
Research Centre: ECOHOST - The Centre for Health and Social Change
Centre for Global Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs)
PubMed ID: 17486212
Web of Science ID: 244876100012
URI: http://researchonline.lshtm.ac.uk/id/eprint/10007

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