All Aboard’s Uphill Climb

Uphill Track towards our rightsPushing anything uphill requires more energy than just rolling it along flat ground or coasting down a slope. It’s in our textbook, Physics for Idiots.

The All Aboard research project on participation and representation in global health governance has been on an uphill stretch of track for the last two weeks, and we’ve now arrived at a very steep incline. A number of the collective that are conducting different elements of the research and preparing the paper have been hit by serious health problems at the same time, diminishing our capacity to keep on schedule. With the deadline for the paper’s completion and submission approaching, the track seems to have become more uphill and the load progressively heavier. It’s a strain on our push-power.

It’s time for a renewed collective push with a fresh burst of energy to help get All Aboard up and over the summit on the way to our destination. We’re almost there — one last blast of fuel is what is needed.

We are presently conducting interviews of ’key actors’ – the people who direct or run the UN agencies and programmes involved in global health and have experiences in its governance. These telephone interviews are an important part of the research, providing personal perspectives and views that help us to assess where the institutions are in regards to the participation of those affected most by health inequities.

These dialogues also help us to understand what are the opportunities and obstacles to advancing the right to a ‘seat at the table’. These interviews are quite timely, with the WHO’s governing body, the World Health Assembly meeting in a few weeks, and the election of a new Director General. Global health governance is on many minds.

Two other areas of the research, an online survey of civil society and an analysis of strategy documents from each institution, are now behind schedule and also require a renewed push. Hopefully, with a rapid improvement in the health of three of our team, and some extra effort by others, we should be able to climb uphill and over, staying on track and on time.

All Aboard is a research and development project that is open to the participation of anyone interested. It is laying the tracks, through an evidenced-based study, for an dynamic campaign for the meaningful participation and accountable representation of those long left behind and left out of decisions about them. Welcome on board… contact us.

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