In May of 2016 as a delegate at the World Health Assembly in Geneva Switzerland, I had the privilege of presenting the Framework Convention on Global Health (FCGH) on behalf of the Platform for an FCGH.
This was my first introduction to the FCGH, and as I read the statement to the ministers and delegates of member states, the words on the paper resonated with me deeply:
Achieving the health goals in the Sustainable Development Agenda requires acting through the right to health. The right demands non-discrimination – whether against indigenous populations or refugees and undocumented migrants – without which there can be no universal health coverage. It entails maximal domestic financing efforts towards health and other rights, with genuine international cooperation, the only way to ensure robust universal health coverage for all people, everywhere.
From that experience, I knew I needed to get involved in the FCGH and help turn this vision into reality. You can read the full statement here, and I hope you too will consider joining us in ensuring that all people everywhere have access to high quality health care as a basic human right.
Statement made by Indira Paharia, Member of the Global Health Council, on behalf of the FCGH Platform 05/2016