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

Read the FCGH Alliance Articles of Association

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

Ruth Mabry (Oman), Chair
Ruth Mabry is a public health expert with more than 25 years of experience in the Eastern Mediterranean Region with the public sector and international agencies, including the World Health Organization. Her commitment to making a difference in people’s lives is best demonstrated through her practical public health experience in strategic planning and health diplomacy, behavioral epidemiology and chronic disease prevention, health system development and health promotion. She hopes that by addressing health equity through improving global health governance she can contribute to making the world a better place for all people everywhere.

Vice Chair, Organization and Development (open)

Treasurer (Open)

Secretary (Open)

Oladapo Awosokanre (UK), Advocacy and Communications Coordinator
 Oladapo Awosokanre is the Executive Director of the African Development and Advocacy Centre, AFRIDAC and Advocacy & Communications Officer for the FCGH Alliance Executive Committee. He has extensive experience as an advocate, campaigner, and community mobiliser in the charity sector. He has worked on several high-level projects across different continents managing teams. He exhibits practical skills in leadership, strategic thinking, advocacy, project management, and facilitation. Oladapo has particularly good understanding of the complex ethno-religious and cultural nuances within the Black and African community. He has a degree in Political Science, master’s in international law and diplomacy, numerous specialist certificates in Community Development, Operational Excellence, Project Management, Coaching, among others. He has been part of a growing global campaign for a proposed Framework Convention on Global Health (FCGH) – a global treaty based in human rights and aimed at national and global health equity since 2015. The framework is focused on all people, wherever they live, to enable easy access to comprehensive universal health coverage in a health system that does not discriminate

 Action for Humane Hospitals (Cameroon) 
Action for Humane Hospitals(ACTHU)was set up in 2008 against a backdrop of increasing violations of people’s right of access to healthcare in hospitals. ACTHU went out into the media to denounce and make suggestions, then became active with hospital users who were victims of abuse. Since then, this Cameroonian association has been working to improve patient safety and reduce inequalities in access to healthcare services. ACTHU provides public information and applies political pressure to obtain a growing commitment from the authorities to respect patients’ rights.  At the same time, it informs patients about their rights and empowers individuals and communities as actors in their own health. Christian Locka, President, ACTHU, represents the organization on the FCGH Alliance Executive Committee.

 Health Equity Network of the Americas (Costa Rica)
The Health Equity Network of the Americas (HENA) is a multidisciplinary regional platform established in 2017 where different areas of expertise and knowledge in research, teaching, and social action interact with diverse strategic and political visions at a multilevel scale (local, national, regional, and global). The HENA allows the joint and multisectoral construction of ideas with the potential to impact public policy from the Health Equity approach. The network emphasizes the priorities required to support the countries of the Americas promoting a balanced integration of the dimensions of sustainable development (economic, social, and environmental) in the formulation and implementation of local, national, and international strategies and health policies. Initially, HENA was coordinated from the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA), USA. In 2020, its Executive Direction and Technical Secretariat moved to the University of Costa Rica (UCR), Center for Research in Nursing and Health Care (CICES). Arachu Castro, Member, Executive Committee, HENA, represents HENA on the FCGH Alliance Executive Committee.

Center for Health, Human Rights and Development-CEHURD (Uganda)
CEHURD is a non-profit, research and advocacy organization which is pioneering the justiciability of the right to health, founded in 2010. CEHURD has moved from the margins to the centre stage of advancing social justice and health rights in health systems in Uganda, East African Region, Pan-African and Globally. CEHURD contributes to deconstructing health and human rights and uses the law, policy engagements, evidence-based advocacy and mobilizing communities as the major entry points to inform interventions. Ground-breaking strategic litigation cases have informed jurisprudence and defined greater rights while also being actively engaged in East Africa, Pan Africa and International human rights mechanisms, processes and movements. Peter Eceru represents CEHURD on the FCGH Alliance Executive Committee.

Dona Anyona (Kenya)
Dona Anyona is a Human Rights Lawyer by profession and a project policy manager at Amref Health Africa, Health Systems Advocacy Project. Working in a position that advocates every day for the implementation of the right to health to ensure that everyone enjoys this right, she believes that FCGH is the answer to shaping countries’ implementation.

Ezekwesiri Eluchie, Vice Chair (Nigeria)
A staunch advocate of Laws and Policies as tools to address Health sector inequalities and iniquities, Eze Eluchie has been instrumental in galvanizing African civil society and State inputs towards health-sector global conventions (particularly the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control and the United General Assembly Special Session on the worlds drug problems {UNGASS 2016}, during which he served as Representative for Sub-Sahara Africa on the Civil Society Task Force {CSTF-UNGASS}). This experience will be brought to bear towards the coming into effect of the Framework Convention on Global Health (FCGH).

Eluchie, who was called to the Nigerian Bar in 1989, has undertaken diverse postgraduate certificate courses in Epidemiology & Biostatistics, Health Law, and has specialization in Health and Human Rights Law (Johns Hopkins, Harvard and Georgetown  Universities, amongst others). In furtherance of his passion for addressing substance abuse issues, he is a consultant on Alcohol and Substance misuse policies, is currently the Secretary General of the West African Network of CSOs in Substance Abuse (WANCSA), and is a member of the Board of Africa on the Board of the World Federation Against Drugs (WFAD).

Gonzalo Hünicken (Argentina)
Gonzalo Hünicken is a lawyer and international relations specialist. He is an active member of Fundeps, an NGO that advocates for health and human rights in Argentina. He has worked at Argentina’s National Ministry of Health, developing public policy and regulatory frameworks for digital health. Gonzalo was an intern at the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law at the Georgetown University Law Center. He has done research on International Public Law, Environmental Law, and Human Rights Law. He decided to join the FCGH Alliance because he believes that in order to make health for all a reality we have to strengthen the global health architecture, and a global treaty on the right to health is an excellent means to achieve that.

Guto Galvao (Brazil)
Guto teaches and researches in themes related to Global Changes and Health, including sustainable development, global health and currently collaborates in sustainable development and environmental health-related projects at FIOCRUZ. He also served for 25 years at the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), Regional Office of the World Health Organization for the Americas (WHO), lately as Head of Sustainable Development, Environmental Health and Health Equity.

Guto’s sees the experience in the implementation of the Tobacco Framework Convention as his basis to support a Framework Convention on Global Health, which can layout the commitments needed to improve the international health governance, and help building the world better after the Pandemic.

Kawaldip Sehmi (UK)
Kawaldip Sehmi is the CEO of the International Alliance of Patient’s Organizations. He has an academic background in Public Health and Law. He has held the position of a managing director of an international children’s legal centre, leading a team of international lawyers working on the rights of the child, including right to health. He has also served as the CEO of an international mental health charity specializing in niche mental health services supporting young people and adults with complex mental health, personality disorder and substance misuse problems. He has experience of supporting vulnerable client’s access legal services and age/gender sensitive information, advice, outpatient and residential care within therapeutic community settings. 

Kawaldip is a passionate advocate of WHO’s human rights based approaches to health and of strengthening of the institutional, legislative, policy, practice and standards  framework needed to support the achievement of health in all goals of the Sustainable Developmental Goals 2030 and universal health coverage SDG 3.8. He also brings commercial experience of running an international design and build partnership backed by an MBA degree.

Lyla Latif (Kenya)
Dr. Lyla Latif is a Senior Associate at Rachier & Amollo LLP. She believes that the FCGH clarifies the normative framework required for countries to develop uniform and consistent measures towards implementing the right to health. 

Miguel Correia (Portugal)
Miguel is a researcher at the Department of Education Sciences at the Center for Research and Intervention in Education of the University of Porto. Miguel has been developing research in the area of health citizenship, namely around issues such as human rights, the right to health, and health and citizenship education. Miguel became a member of the FCGH Alliance in order to promote and contribute to the consolidation of the framework convention on global health. From a broad perspective, Miguel seeks to contribute to an effective global realization of the right to health and, consequently, of human rights, where full access to the right to health is a cornerstone for the effective realization of a life with dignity.

O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law (USA)
The O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law at the Georgetown University Law Center recognizes law as a fundamental tool for solving critical health problems in our local, national, and global communities, and seeks innovative legal approaches to advance the public’s health.

The O’Neill Institute has been deeply involved in all iterations of the FCGH and efforts to secure it, from the Joint Action and Learning Initiative on National and Global Responsibilities for Health to the Platform for an FCGH through to being a founding member of the FCGH Alliance. The O’Neill Institute’s ongoing commitment to the FCGH is due to its immense potential to employ international law’s most powerful tool to advance right to health implementation and enhance long-missing accountability for all aspects of the right.

The O’Neill Institute is particularly interested in the treaty’s potential to advance such core principles of equality and non-discrimination, participation, and accountability, and believe deeply in the need for an inclusive, participatory, bottom-up process in developing the FCGH. Eric A. Friedman, the O’Neill Institute’s Global Health Justice Scholar, is the primary Institute representative to the FCGH Alliance Executive Committee, in coordination with Lawrence O. Gostin, the O’Neill Institute’s faculty director.

Richard Obedi (Uganda)
Richard Obedi is a Governance & Development Specialist. He works as the Executive Director of The Populace Foundation International
(TPFI); a policy research and advocacy Civil Society Organization (CSO) that envisions a society where humanity, social justice and human rights are all respected in the development processes. Mr. Obedi is a multidisciplinary governance, development and humanitarian activist with over 15 years’ experience in the field. He is engaged on issues of governance, gender, and human rights.

Zahid Hussein (Pakistan)
Zahid is President, Sustainable Resource Foundation (SuRF), Lahore, Pakistan and works for multisectoral sustainable development. He is also a member of the Executive Committee of the AIDS Society of Asia and the Pacific (ASAP), the largest platform for HIV and AIDS in Asia and the Pacific region. Mr. Hussein’s extended and diverse experience includes managing large health projects as Chief of Party and providing short-term technical assistance for various development agencies including within the UN system. An untiring advocate for Health for All, enhancing cooperation between South-South and an activist for diverting financial sources from non-developmental national defence expenditure – especially in developing countries – to social sectors like Health, Education and Justice to order to insure universal access to health, education and justice, Mr. Hussein positions promotion of dialogue, diversity, tolerance and inter-faith harmony as basic ingredients of a new world order and a new social contract. 

Advisory Committee

Martín Hevia
Martín Hevia served as chair of the FCGH Alliance from its founding in 2017 until 2021. He is Dean and Associate Professor at the School of Law, Universidad Torcuato Di Tella. He currently serves as Vice-President of the Iberoamerican Law Schools Association. He is a global health law scholar and advocate. Martín has been legal consultant to the Argentine National Congress and has been consulted as an Expert for the World Health Organization Public Health Law Consultation Group. He has been committed to the idea of a FCGH since the Joint Action Learning Initiative meeting at Bellagio, Italy and has published a paper on access to justice and the FCGH in the Harvard Journal of Health and Human Rights. Martín believes that the achieving the universal human right of everyone to the highest attainable standard of health requires a global commitment for a new era of global health with justice, aligning global governance for health with human rights.

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
Former Vice Chairperson, BRAC; 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