Civil Society unites around the Right to Health for all

Photo credit: Action for Global Health

Civil society has an important role to play in ensuring that the next global development framework effectively delivers for health, from global conversations to working with local communities. This necessary role in different forums and with different expertise reflects the diversity of civil society itself.

Action for Global Health (AfGH) has sought to play a convening role within health civil society globally in relation to the post-2015 agenda. We attended the recent WHO and World Bank Ministerial Meeting on universal health coverage (UHC), where we heard from Ghanaian colleagues on the importance of civil society mobilising the community, reaching the informal sector and education about health promotion. Other key points from this meeting included how achieving Universal Health Coverage depends on political will and having the appropriate legal and social structures in place. None of this will come about without an engaged and informed population demanding their rights.

This week, AfGH joined dignitaries including the Ministers of Health from Sudan, Indonesia and Argentina, amongst others, in a ‘High Level Dialogue’ in Botswana. This important meeting concludes the UN’s consultation on health in the global development framework that follows the expiry of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in 2015.

We led on a coalition letter to the delegates of the Botswana meeting on our shared vision for health in the next global development framework. This initiative was supported by more than 70 organizations from more than 20 countries and representing interests from across the health sector.

This letter calls for:

  • Universal Health Coverage (UHC) to be included in the Post-2015 framework as a way to bring an end to preventable deaths and guarantee the right to health for all.
  • The ‘unfinished business’ of the unmet health MDGs to be recommitted to in the next framework.
  • All vulnerable, marginalised and stigmatised populations to have access to health information and services.
  • Future indicators to promote equity, solidarity and accountability, and promote health as a human right.

We are delighted that this letter has garnered such wide and far-reaching support and we hope that it is a useful contribution to the discussions in Botswana. It is only through joining together to speak with a strong and cohesive voice that we can ensure that the next framework will effectively deliver for health.

You can also click here watch a film we produced as part of our Civil Society Consultation on Health in December which brings together the voices of individual organisations, advocates and other key players.

CSOs are key to mobilizing

CSOs are key to mobilizing government and the citizenry, to engender needed political will that can drive the attainment of UHC, in low-income countries.

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