WHA 2018: IntraHealth Statement on FCGH

WHA71-IntraHealth-FCGHIntraHealth commends WHO for its progress in supporting Member States to implement Resolution 69.24 including important position papers on integration, health innovation, and continuity of care. Strengthening integrated, people-centered health services is critical for progress on all health issues and the SDGs. Progress can continue only if the patient, the health worker delivering services, and the community in which they live are at the center of efforts to strengthen health systems and achieve universal health coverage.

We applaud WHO for its efforts to encourage Member States and civil society to participate in the robust IntegratedCare4People platform designed to further operationalize the integrated, people-centered health services framework.
 People deserve basic primary health care that takes into consideration their concerns, wants, and needs. Communities with the least access to the essential health services provided by frontline health workers are by-in-large the same communities with the greatest burden of diseases such as HIV, tuberculosis and malaria, maternal and child mortality, and—as we tragically witnessed during the Ebola outbreak in West Africa—the greatest vulnerability to disease outbreaks.

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WHA 2018: A4HP Statement on FCGH

WHA AHP FCGHTo accelerate and sustain progress on developing integrated, people-centered health services, the Alliance for Health Promotion (A4HP) urges action towards a Framework Convention on Global Health (FCGH), which would be based in human rights and aimed at health equity. We call upon the WHO, through the initiative of the Director-General or Member States, to establish a working group on the Framework Convention.

The FCGH would serve as a vital instrument to ensure people-centered health services. It would include powerful norms and standards on inclusive participatory processes at all stages of policy-making, from local to global levels, serving Resolution 69.24’s strategy of empowering people and communities and creating accountable health systems. It could catalyze comprehensive, multi-sector action plans on health equity. And it could establish principles on right to health impact assessments and extraterritorial health rights responsibilities, better integrating health concerns across sectors.
 Further, by putting people at the center of health, the Framework Convention could help ensure that health coverage is truly universal, and give life to the Sustainable Development Goal promise that “no one will be left behind.”

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New FCGH Briefing Paper

BriefingThis briefing paper provides the overall vision of the Framework Convention on Global Health (FCGH), how the FCGH would respond to 4 core failings of national and global governance for health, possible treaty models of treaties and other international frameworks that the FCGH could learn from, and an FCGH call to action, including for a World Health Organization (WHO) FCGH working group.


A Rights-Based Framework for the SDGs and Beyond:
A Framework Convention on Global Health
April 2018

A growing movement is galvanizing around a proposed Framework Convention on Global Health (FCGH) – a global treaty based in human rights and aimed at national and global health equality. On December 10, 2017 – Human Rights Day – a coalition of supporters formed the FCGH Alliance. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon issued the following call to action in his report in advance of the June 2016 High-Level Meeting on Ending AIDS: “I further encourage the international community to consider and recognize the value of a comprehensive framework convention on global health.” It is now time for the international community, from individual states to the Director-General of the World Health Organization – the organization mandated to lead the world on global health, and with the right to health as a core constitutional principle – to answer this call.

The FCGH Vision

All people, wherever they live, ought to be able to easily access comprehensive quality universal health coverage in a health system that does not discriminate, and that equally serves poor and rich. All should be able to readily access other universal needs for good health, such as clean water and nutritious food. The right to health, and the equality, accountability, and participation that are central to it, should be infused throughout the health system and integrated in other sectors and legal regimes, both domestically and internationally.
Filling in gaps in accountability, governance, financing, and human rights, the FCGH would help achieve the health goals and targets of the Sustainable Development Goals, while establishing a rights-based framework for health for the post-SDG era.

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