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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COSP: Full Participation of PWD?

COSP is comingCOSP is coming. The UN will soon hold an important international meeting to advance the rights of people with disabilities (PWD). The 10th session of the Conference of State Parties (COSP) to the human rights treaty, the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) aims to build on the work that has been done during the last ten years. It will involve governments, UN agencies and civil society organisations, even some that represent those most affected and most in need of the implementation of the CRPD treaty.

Because I am a woman with a disability, this meeting is important. Since I believe that PWD must not be excluded from participating in decisions others make about our health and well being, the COSP is also a step in the right direction because a few PWD can have a say. It could be a giant step in the right direction if the civil society representation was fully accountable to the community and defended our interests, not their own. But, we will get there one day.

I am curious about what this meeting will do to improve our lives. So to provide further information, below is the blurb from the UN. I will try to follow the meeting by internet and write more on what is happening in New York, for all of us not able to be there.
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Beginning a second decade to advance the rights of persons with disabilities

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