International public health is a mess. Once seen generally as a public good, the focus of the World Health Organization (WHO) now more closely resembles a scheme for extracting private profit from the public purse.

Wealthy corporations drive a “public-private partnership” agenda, the foundations of the rich determine global priorities, and a propagandized public are ever more removed from decision-making regarding their own well-being.

There was a time when things were different, and public health promoted genuine equity and decentralization.

However, decades of naively swapping public control for private money have dismantled the decolonizing, community-based model on which institutions such as the WHO were ostensibly built.

Recent policies have promoted impoverishment and centralized control, and the WHO is now seeking power to entrench these.

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