chapter  4
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Global partnerships for Health: health for all, or more ‘Big Pharma’?

There can be little doubt that it is in the health sector that publicprivate partnerships have played the largest role in recent years. In 2004, there were 92 health partnerships registered in the Initiative for Public – Private Partnership for Health (IPPPH) database,1 and multilateral organizations were involved in 35 of them. The World Health Organization (WHO) is, naturally, a partner in many of these, but also UNICEF, UNFPA, the World Bank, and UNAIDS are active players. In addition, the partnerships have representatives from the private sector (largely from the pharmaceutical industry), private foundations, governments, and NGOs.