The Joint Action and Learning Initiative: Towards a Global Agreement on National and Global Responsibilities for Health

PLoS Medicine, Vol. 8, No. 5, May 2011

Georgetown Public Law Research Paper No. 11-48

6 Pages Posted: 23 May 2011

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Lawrence O. Gostin

Georgetown University - Law Center - O'Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law

Eric Friedman

Georgetown University Law Center - O'Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law

Gorik Ooms

Institute of Tropical Medicine (ITM)

Thomas Gebauer

Medico International

Narendra Gupta

Prayas Chittorgarh

Devi Sridhar

University of Oxford

Wang Chenguang

Tsinghua University - Department of Automation

John-Arne Røttingen

Norwegian Knowledge Center for the Health Services

David Sanders

School of Public Health, University of the Western Cape

Date Written: May 17, 2011

Abstract

A coalition of civil society organizations and academics is 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 and community mobilization around the human right to health. The social mobilization is critical to creating the political space that would make such an agreement possible and to ensuring its implementation.

This agreement, such as a Framework Convention on Global Health, would inform post-Millennium Development Goal global health commitments, be grounded in the right to health, help resolve unconscionable global health inequities, and ensure universal health coverage. Mutual benefits to countries in the Global South and North would come from a global health agreement that defines national and global health responsibilities, while the agreement would respond to growing demands for accountability.

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. This article addresses key points in each of these areas, including how the right to health provides critical insights into how countries implement universal health coverage.

Keywords: Global Health, International Law, Public Health Laws, Health Law and Policy

JEL Classification: K32, K33, I18, H51

Suggested Citation

Gostin, Lawrence O. and Friedman, Eric and Ooms, Gorik and Gebauer, Thomas and Gupta, Narendra and Sridhar, Devi and Chenguang, Wang and Røttingen, John-Arne and Sanders, David, The Joint Action and Learning Initiative: Towards a Global Agreement on National and Global Responsibilities for Health (May 17, 2011). PLoS Medicine, Vol. 8, No. 5, May 2011; Georgetown Public Law Research Paper No. 11-48. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1832825

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Narendra Gupta

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Devi Sridhar

University of Oxford ( email )

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Wang Chenguang

Tsinghua University - Department of Automation ( email )

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Norwegian Knowledge Center for the Health Services ( email )

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David Sanders

School of Public Health, University of the Western Cape ( email )

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