Turning the Right to Health into the Lived Reality for Everyone

lived realityTurning the Right to Health into the Lived Reality for Everyone: The Framework Convention on Global Health Alliance

Over the past few years, more and more global health luminaries and leading NGOs have called for a Framework Convention on Global Health (FCGH), for using the strongest instrument of international law to advance the quest for health equity.

In the globalization era, the highest attainable level of health cannot be achieved by States acting on their own. A FCGH treaty would facilitate the coordinated global effort needed to achieve the highest attainable level of health everywhere. It would reform global governance for health to enhance accountability, transparency, and civil society participation and protect the right to health in trade, investment, climate change, and other international regimes, while catalyzing governments to institutionalize the right to health at community through to national levels.

The FCGH Alliance membership includes more than 30 organizations and individuals from Africa, Asia, Latin America, North America, and Europe that believe that unconscionable global and local health inequities are fundamentally unjust.

We know this is an ambitious undertaking, but we are convinced that a FCGH would be a historical shift in global health.

Martin Hevia
Chair, FCGH Alliance

For more information about getting involved, please see the FCGH Alliance website.
For an excellent selection of past articles, publications and other materials, a visit to the FCGH Library is recommended.

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A proud member of the FCGH Alliance

I am a proud member of the Framework Convention for Global Health (FCGH) Alliance, an Alliance dedicated to making the Right to Health real for citizens everywhere. The Alliance is committed to Health for All, for citizens everywhere, in every country, no matter where they live and regardless of their nationality, race and ethnicity, religion or gender and sexual orientation.

The FCGH Alliance believes that no group of persons must ever be deprived of health because of marginalization. We believe that even persons who live in violent, armed-conflict situations and who might be refugees deserve healthcare. We reject the status quo that millions of people cannot access basic health care resulting in gross health inequity such as the vulgar disparity where about 30 countries have life expectancies at birth above 80 years, while at least 20 countries are struggling to stay above 50, where pregnancies are deadly for women in far too many countries and where children in some countries have a poor chance of surviving to be five years old.

It is for this reason we ask you to join us in promoting the FCGH.
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Dr. Leslie Ramsammy
Vice Chair, FCGH Alliance

Dr. Leslie Ramsammy is the former Minister of Health of Guyana (2001-2012). He served as President of the 61st WHA and as President of the Directing Council of PAHO (2007-2009), among many other executive positions he has held in global health institutions over many decades. He was recently elected Vice Chair of the new international NGO, the FCGH Alliance.

“We are too conservative in our global health standards. A child born in Tanzania should have the same chance of survival and for living a healthy life as a child born in a developed country.”  – Dr. Leslie Ramsammy


Image source: Jambo Mama, NGO, Tanzania

Hope Springs Anew for the FCGH and Right to Health

The Framework Convention on Global Health Alliance: Hope Springs Anew for the FCGH and Right to Health

By Eric Friedman

It is always spring for human rights. Old ideas embedded in fundamental values do not lose the boundless hope and energy of their birth. In a country that holds its first democratic election or peaceful transition of power, democracy is more than an idea and practice that has existed for centuries, but a new reality worthy of celebration as though a birth in the family, for it may be the new birth of a nation. Human rights are not only principles laid out nearly seven decades ago in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, with roots far deeper, but a constant struggle and promise — today’s cause, today’s hope.

And so it is with the proposed treaty on the right to health, the Framework Convention on Global Health (FCGH), first proposed a decade ago. While we have seen significant improvements in global health in the ensuing years, the needs that it would address – health equity, accountability, participation, national and global governance for health, health financing – remain every bit as pressing today, fundamental to securing health justice and a healthy future. And like a country that has just experienced its first peaceful transition of power to a new government, or people exercising newfound freedoms, the FCGH is experiencing a rebirth.

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