Recommendations for the New Administration

Six of the leading organizations in the fight for global health equity have come together to publish a white paper proposing a set of global health recommendations for the Obama Administration.  The paper focuses on how meeting the MDGs (which Obama has pledged to support) can help advance equity in global health:

The MDGs are well suited to serve as benchmarks of success or failure in achieving universal health equity. The inter-related dynamic of health and poverty underlines why any serious effort to eliminate poverty must place a strong focus on health, and why a focus on health best highlights the connections between the MDGs.

The paper highlights a number of key areas which the administration should drive forward improvements including:

  • Commit to a comprehensive approach to health
  • Address inefficiency in aid
  • Build local & national capacities of countries
  • Redefine foreign aid policy and goals (including the role of the U.S. Department of Treasury and IMF policies)
  • Recognize the full scope of human rights by ratifying a number of currently signed treaties  such as:  The Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women,  The International Criminal Court, and The Kyoto Protocol

There is a long-overdue need for the U.S. to provide at least it’s committed share of 0.7% of its GDP to countries that actually need it. But, while achieving the MDGs are a good first step, what is ultimately needed is the type of foreign aid that reflects justice after years of structural violence and oppression of the world’s poorest by countries like our own.

(The six organizations who prepared the recommendations  are: Partners In Health; Harvard’s FXB Center for Health and Human Rights; Physicians for Human Rights; Health Alliance International; RESULTS; and ActionAid International.)


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