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.

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MayDay at IMAXI Cooperative

MayDay at IMAXIOn MayDay 2010, the IMAXI Cooperative was officially established as a voluntary association or NGO. Founded and driven by a handful of poor people living with life-threatening diseases and disabilities from diverse communities, with a shared experience of having to struggle for our rights, the IMAXI Cooperative is a small international NGO. We’ve come together, in common cause, to help our peers to empower themselves and their communities so that others might not also be denied their rights.

Drawing on decades of our collective experiences as community and global health activists, we design and develop collaborative tools and projects, while advocating for the greater participation of those most affected in the policy-making process and implementation of programmes. Our members have seen firsthand how a ‘seat at the table’ of decision-makers can bring substantial improvements to the health and well being of their communities. We have also seen the deaths and suffering that comes with not having any voice in how public health services are designed and implemented.

As a ’volunteer-only’ non-profit organisation, working from our kitchen tables or cyber-cafes and funded only by our own donations, we have focused on forging tools that do not require substantial funding to utilise. With a network of other un-paid yet very engaged activists from diverse communities that help out with different initiatives, we have been able to advance an independent ‘human rights-based approach’ to health and development.

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