This article is one of the earliest to discuss the idea for a Framework Convention on Global Health (FCGH). The proposal for the development of an international, legally-binding treaty has advanced considerably in the last five years, but the points raised here, including that the FCGH needs to be driven from the bottom-up, are still essential.
A Global Framework Convention on Health – Would it Help Developing Countries to Fulfill their Duties on the Right to Health? A South African Perspective
by Mark Heywood and John Shija of Section 27
It is arguable that the delivery of global health has reached an impasse. This is evident not only in unresolved debates that are raging about where to allocate health aid or how to sustain and expand funding for AIDS treatment, but also in challenges facing national health systems that are incapable of purely domestic resolution. But there is some irony and much opportunity in this situation. Not only have the last 20 years seen an unprecedented growth in funding for health, mainly through funding for AIDS, but there have also been a range of initiatives and ideas that have generated better knowledge not only of the determinants of health, but also of how to attain it. Scientists, public health experts and activists have created a store of intellectual knowledge, technology and ideas which, if properly and fairly deployed, might provide the opportunity to re-launch tangible progress towards the progressive realization of the right to health on a global scale.