The FCGH Alliance

The FCGH Alliance is made up of individuals and organizations who are working together, at all levels, towards a Framework Convention on Global Health to ensure the right to health for all people.

Background

Structure

Executive Committee

Advisory Committee


Background

On December 10, 2017 — Human Rights Day — organizations and individuals supporting the FCGH established the Framework Convention on Global Health (FCGH) Alliance, a Geneva-based NGO formed under the Swiss civil code, to advocate for and ensure inclusive participation in the process of developing the FCGH. With growing numbers of supporters, from people who have experienced debilitating health conditions to national and global civil society organizations and global health luminaries, with deepening engagement with WHO, and with growing potential for state support, it was time to move from a loose coalition to a legally recognized NGO.

 The goal of the FCGH Alliance is to secure the FCGH. The FCGH Alliance aims for broad engagement. We will seek individuals and organizations around the world to become members and partner in the Alliance’s efforts. We will especially aim to ensure the participation of civil society and community-based organizations. The FCGH must, above all, be a treaty that speaks to the needs, meets the expectations of, secures their right to health of the people who suffer most from health inequities.

Structure

The supreme authority of the FCGH Alliance rests with its General Assembly, comprised of all Alliance members. The day-to-day governing functions and decision-making of the Alliance is delegated to an Executive Committee, whose members and officers are elected by the General Assembly.

Executive Committee members come from all over the world and from many walks of life. The Alliance has committed itself to an Executive Committee that is geographically diverse and, critically, includes people from marginalized communities and with life-threatening disabilities or diseases. The Alliance endeavors to incorporate into its governance and overall operations the right to heath demand of people’s participation, most urgently of people from marginalized communities whose realities are furthest from those promised by the right to health.

In addition to the Executive Committee, an Advisory Committee provides strategic support to the Alliance. The Advisory Committee does not have a formal decision-making role.

Executive Committee

Martín Hevia, Chair (Argentina | School of Law, Universidad Torcuato Di Tella)
Ezekwesiri Eluchie, Vice Chair (Nigeria | People Against Drug Dependence & Ignorance)
Leslie Ramsammy, Vice Chair (Guyana | former Minister of Health and Minister of Agriculture)
Gracia Violeta Ross Quiroga, Vice Chair (Bolivian Network of People lIving with HIV/AIDS)
Treatment Action Campaign, Vice Chair (South Africa)
Indira Paharia, Secretary (USA | Hillside Family of Agencies)
Gabriella Sozanski, Treasurer (Switzerland | Alliance for Health Promotion)
Dona Anyona (Kenya | Amref Health Africa)
Donna Barry (USA | Global Oncology)
Leigh K. Haynes (USA | People’s Health Movement-USA)
Zahid Hussein (Pakistan | Sustainable Resource Foundation))
Lyla Latif (Kenya | George & Lydeen Pro Bono Health Rights Litigation Project)
Fatimah Ogunbunmi
O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law (USA)
Eugenio Villar (Former Coordinator of the World Health Organization Social Determinants of Health Unit)

Advisory Committee

Sally Casswell
Director, SHORE and Co-Director SHORE and Whariki Research Centre (Australia); Chair, Global Alcohol Policy Alliance; President, Kettil Bruun Society for Social and Epidemiological Research on Alcohol

Mushtaque Chowdhury
Current: Vice Chairperson, BRAC; Former: Former interim Executive Director, BRAC; Founding Dean of BRAC University’s James P. Grant School of Public Health, Bangladesh

Ruan Khan
Founder and Executive Director, Friendship (Bangladesh)

Mirta Roses Periago
Current: National Academy of Science of Buenos Aires, Argentina; Neglected Tropical Diseases Special Envoy, Sabin Vaccine Institute; Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, LAC Board Member; Former: PAHO/WHO AMRO Director Emeritus

Nelson K. Sewankambo
Current: Professor of Medicine and Principal (Head) of Makerere University College of Health Sciences; Chair, Strengthening Research Capacity in Africa; Director; Medical Education for Equitable Services for All Ugandans (MESAU) – MEPI Consortium; Chair, African Medical Schools Association; Former: Former Dean, Makerere University Medical School (1997-2007)

Devi Sridhar
Current: Professor of Global Public Health University of Edinburgh; Founding Director of the Global Health Governance Programme

Miriam Were
Chancellor, Moi University (Kenya); Former: Former Chair, AMREF (2003-2013); Former Chair, National AIDS Control Council, Kenya (2003-2009)

Debrework Zewidie
Distinguished Scholar at the CUNY School of Public Health and Public Policy; Former: Director, World Bank Global AIDS Program and Deputy Executive Director and COO, The Global Fund