The World Health Organization (WHO) and its annual Assembly (WHA) determine the policies that affect the health and well being of billions of people in communities around the world. However, only the delegates from Member States (governments) have a say in these decisions. As the mantra of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is “Leave no one behind”, we think that the WHO must be reminded of “Nothing about us without us” – that the participation of the community in the design and implementation of all health policies is essential for achieving the global goals of the 2030 Agenda. It’s also our human right.
Our response to the exclusion of marginalised people and communities in the decision-making process of the UN’s World Health Organization, is WHO4ALL. It’s a participatory tool towards making the WHO more inclusive, democratic and open, while building bridges across many sectors of civil society engaged in advancing the different elements of the Right to Health. Specifically, WHO4ALL is a series of online events that connect WHO policy-making meetings with the public to provide both a bottom-up amplifier of community voices and a small step towards a future of accountability up at the top. It’s not the ’meaningful participation’ that we demand, but it’s a loud knock on the doors of the Ivory Tower.
Following on from WHO4ALL at the recent World Health Assembly in May, and with the encouragement of many of the ‘moderators’ that help the event including Rob Yates, ITPC, Kent Buse, Sarah Hawkes, Mat Southwell, Teresia Njoki & the Athena Network, Shamiso Zinzombe, Claire Morris, Jim Cleary, Eric Friedman, Benjamin Meier, Justin Mendoza and others, we are now preparing the next WHO4ALL events beginning in October 2016. Come meet-up and speak-up — join us on the road to the WHO’s Executive Board meeting and the WHA 2017.
#WHO4ALL — Open to all.
Join @WHO4ALL on twitter