The Joint Action and Learning Initiative:
Towards a Global Agreement on National and Global Responsibilities for Health
Lawrence Gostin and colleagues discuss their work on the Joint Action and Learning Initiative on National and Global Responsibilities for Health (JALI), which aims to secure a global health agreement (such as a Framework Convention on Global Health) that would inform post-Millennium Development Goal global health commitments.
Lawrence O. Gostin1*, Eric A. Friedman 1, Gorik Oom s2, Thomas Gebauer 3, Narendra Gupta 4, Devi Sridhar 5, Wang Chenguang 6,
John-Arne Røttingen 7, David Sanders 8
1 O'Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law, Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, D.C., United States of America, 2 Institute of Tropical Medicine, Antwerp, Belgium, 3 Medico International, Frankfurt, Germany, 4 Prayas, Chittorgarh, India, 5 Oxford University, Oxford, United Kingdom, 6 Tsinghua University Law School, Beijing, China, 7 Norwegian Knowledge Centre for the Health Services, Oslo, Norway and Institute of Health and Society, University of Oslo, Oslo, Norway, 8 School of Public Health, University of the Western Cape, Bellville, South Africa
PLoS Med 8(5): e1001031. May 2011 - doi:10.1371/journal.pmed.1001031
Available online at: http://bit.ly/kOInnS
“…………A coalition of civil society organizations and academics are initiating a Joint Action and Learning Initiative on National and Global Responsibilities for Health (JALI) to research key conceptual questions involving health rights and responsibilities, with the goal of securing a global health agreement and supporting civil society mobilization around the human right to health.
This agreement—such as a Framework Convention on Global Health—would inform post-Millennium Development Goal (MDG) global health commitments.
Using broad partnerships and an inclusive consultation process, JALI seeks to clarify the health services to which everyone is entitled under the right to health, the national and global responsibilities for securing this right, and global governance structures that can realize these responsibilities and close major health inequities.
Mutual benefits to countries in the Global South and North would come from a global health agreement that defines national and global health responsibilities.
JALI aims to respond to growing demands for accountability, and to create the political space that could make a global health agreement possible.
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