As we approach the end date of the MDGs, many academics and policy-makers are looking to what the new framework will be. In a recently published PLOS article, Larry Gostin et al. propose a Joint Action and Learning Initiative on Global and National Responsibilities for Health. What exactly does this entail? This would involve a multi-year process to address the following 4 questions:
1. What are the services and goods guaranteed to every person under the human right to health?
2. What responsibilities do all states have for the health of their own populations?
3. What duties do states owe to people beyond their borders in securing the right to health?
4. What kind of global governance for health is needed to ensure that all states live up to their mutual responsibilities? As the authors note, this is also a moment of rare opportunity. The post-MDG global health framework is yet to be developed. Demand for accountability is growing.
As I noted in an earlier blog post, I fully believe that a Framework Convention on Global Health is the way forward- and hope that a global movement will build.
This post originally appeared on www.globalhealth.net.