UPDATE: 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.
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.