Online Program

A Framework Convention on Global Health: An Overview, Key Challenges, and Your Role

Monday, November 4, 2013 : 10:50 a.m. - 11:10 a.m.

Eric A. Friedman, JD, O'Neill Institue for National and Global Health, Georgetown University Law Center, Georgetown University, Washington, DC
A Framework Convention on Global Health (FCGH) would be a global health treaty grounded in the right to health and aimed at closing global health inequities. It would ensure universal coverage of the conditions required for good health, including universal health coverage, public health measures, and broader determinants of health, through standard-setting and national and international financing. The treaty would raise the priority of health in other sectors, strengthen the ability of health advocates to claim the right to health, and establish a robust regime of accountability and compliance. It would further elucidate and update the right to health for the 21st century. Key challenges span from ensuring the treaty's relevance across diverse country circumstances to ensuring accountability, building political support, and ensuring a process of developing the treaty that will contribute to the efforts of local right to health campaigners. A newly developed FCGH network will engage all interested individuals and organizations to further explore, help develop the content of, and advocate for an FCGH.

Learning Areas:

Public health or related laws, regulations, standards, or guidelines
Public health or related public policy

Learning Objectives:
Describe the basic content, goals, and possibilities of an FCGH, as well as the need for such a treaty. Explain possible future directions of the development of the right to health. Identify some key challenges for the FCGH. Identify how to become involved in efforts towards the FCGH.

Keyword(s): Drug Abuse, HIV/AIDS

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have been the principal or co-principal of multiple federally funded grants focusing on the epidemiology of drug abuse, HIV prevention and co-occurring mental and drug use disorders. Among my scientific interests has been the development of strategies for preventing HIV and STDs in out-of-treatment drug users.)
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.