Emerging Powers and the Future of Global Health Governance

Project Expert

Yanzhong Huang
Yanzhong Huang

Senior Fellow for Global Health

About the Project

The past three decades have seen the rise of various global health challenges, including dangerous pathogens and non-communicable diseases. Efforts to address these challenges have led to the proliferation of new global health players, processes, and institutions. Meanwhile, the vast rebalancing of wealth across the globe has led to the growing expectation that emerging powers, represented by the so-called BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa), can and should play a greater role in global health governance. However, these countries themselves face mounting challenges in bringing adequate and accessible healthcare to their own populations. Building on my study on China's public health and healthcare, I explore the emerging powers' health system capacities, including their abilities to handle communicable and non-communicable disease challenges and their efforts to reform the health sector. I also examine the emerging powers' participation in global health, including in global health institutions such as the World Health Organization, the provision of health-related development assistance, and the potential to become a game changer in global access to medicine.