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Literature Review Examines ‘Driving Forces Behind Chile’s Integration Of Health Into Foreign Policy’

BMC Globalization and Health: Chile’s role in global health diplomacy: a narrative literature review
Jorge Ramírez, assistant professor at the University of Chile’s School of Public Health, and colleagues conducted a “literature review of the driving forces behind Chile’s integration of health into foreign policy” at three levels: international/global, regional, and domestic. The authors conclude, “Health actions in the context of international relations in Chile are still mainly motivated by more traditional foreign policy interests rather than by a desire to satisfy health needs per se. This seems to conform with findings of existing [Global Health Diplomacy (GHD)] scholarship that emphasize the importance of security and economic interests as driving forces of GHD, and how health is often appropriated instrumentally within foreign policy settings to achieve other goals…” (11/16).

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