Democratising Global Health

Democratising Global HealthLast month we posted a blog, Chance to Engage with France, to introduce a series of excellent articles, France: nation and world,  that were published in The Lancet in May 2016. Aside from appreciating the series and its relevance now,  we wrote of our personal connection with France and of our involvement with global health as a French registered NGO. Now, we continue to repost a few of these articles with a title that caught our keen attention: Democratising the global health agenda: why we need France.
Its author, Michel Sidibé, Executive Director of UNAIDS, is one of the very few at the ‘top’ of global health institutions that fully understands the needs of those at the ‘bottom’, and acts accordingly.

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Democratising the global health agenda: why we need France
By Michel Sidibé

Against a backdrop of crisis—climate change, violent extremism, and the greatest inequalities ever endured by society—the world has committed to Agenda 2030 and its 17 visionary Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Together, they implicitly recognise that health is an essential global good, of which all people must share equitably. Let us seize the momentum generated by the SDGs to set our new global health agenda—with France leading.

The SDGs, interconnected and transformative, represent much of what France has achieved in global health for a long time—inclusive partnerships, working across sectors, addressing inequalities, and empowering communities. Achievement of the health-related targets of the SDGs requires leaders with the skills and credibility to deploy so-called soft power to reach agreements on priorities and strategies. In short, it needs France’s strong focus on solidarity, shared responsibility, and multisectoral cooperation.

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Last Call: All Aboard! Survey1

All Aboard Survey1UPDATE: As we are moving towards launching the next survey for the All Aboard Research Project, this is a ‘last call’ for responses to the current questionnaire on participation and representation in global health. We’ve had many responses from very diverse folks from around the world, and we would like a few more before  Survey1 closes. So please contribute 5 to 10 minutes of your time and views, and do the quick survey. Click here to get on board.

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Reposted from 06/06/2017

Sometimes, an opinion can make a difference. This is one of those times.

The human right and principle of participation states that people, particularly those clearly affected (yet usually excluded), must be involved in institutional decisions that have an impact on them, including in the design, development, implementation and monitoring of the programmes that are needed.

When the right to participation is applied to health, with hundreds of millions of people whose lives may depend on these decisions and policies, their views and ‘voices’ must be through a system of representation that is equitable and responsive to their needs.

In global health governance, it appears that those most at risk of being ‘left behind’, are also being left out — excluded from participating in decisions about them. So late last year, the IMAXI Cooperative began a new and needed initiative — All Aboard!

‘All Aboard’ is a two step research and development project that will first assess the state of affected community participation in decision-making bodies within key institutions in global health, including the United Nations (WHO, UNAIDS, UNDP, UNICEF, UN Women) and two major foundations, the Global Fund and Gates. The second step is to apply this knowledge to the programmatic advance of meaningful participation and accountable representation. First the scientific research, then the evidence-based development.

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