CoE-UHC Highlights

Short Courses
CoE-UHC offers a variety of short courses namely, Introductory Course on Universal Health Coverage, Short Course on Health Care Financing and Short Course on Scientific Writing etc. The objective of these courses are to provide the participants with an understanding of basic concepts of universal health coverage (UHC), its components, theoretical framework and empirical investigations, and with an emphasis on low and middle income countries and to provide basic knowledge on scientific writing. So far the centre offered five introductory courses on UHC, two short courses on health care financing and two short courses on scientific writing in collaboration with Continuing Education Programme. Participants from different academic and professional backgrounds joined these courses.

Call for Proposal on Competitive Research Grants on Universal Health Coverage, Bangladesh
The main objective of this call is to encourage researchers in health and development field in generating a strong evidence base necessary to guide, support, and accelerate the ongoing efforts related to the three dimensions of UHC in the country. Measuring the progress of UHC activities including its monitoring and evaluation are some of the other objectives. Emphasis was given on proposals which are innovative, use ‘out-of-the box’ ideas that can be tested, and scaled up.

UHC day celebration
CoE-UHC had been celebrating UHC day on 12 December for two consecutive years in coalition with more than 700 organisations in 116 countries. In 2014, the Centre held daylong in-house discussions based programme. In 2015, the occasion was celebrated for two days. A rally was organised on 12 December, on the year’s theme “Health for All: Right. Smart. Overdue”. Participants carried placards bearing slogans which reflected this theme, including “Health for All is a right, not a privilege”, “Universal Health Coverage - every person, everywhere, has access to quality healthcare without financial hardship”, and “No one should go bankrupt when they get sick”.

To sensitise all JPGSPH staffs and partners about universal health coverage, the Centre arranged an in-house programme on the following day, 13 December. To celebrate the programme, different communication materials such as hanging banners, standing banners, posters bearing messages from universal health coverage day were prepared. Publications from the Centre were displayed for the participants to share and discuss CoE-UHC activities

Participation at oversees courses and workshops
CoE-UHC members participated in various overseas courses and workshops, namely: Asia Regional Flagship Course on Health System Strengthening and Sustainable Financing-held in Colombo, Sri Lanka from 20-25 April, 2015.

The Challenge of Universal Health Coverage and Achieving Universal Health Coverage: Experience Sharing of Thai Case Study held in Bangkok, Thailand from 24-28 August, 2015.
Participation at these forums provided the Centre with opportunities to be involved in UHC related research and studies. It allowed a continuous opportunity for learning on best practices on UHC in Bangladesh, facilitating interaction with international experts and country colleagues by applying critical thinking elements.

Framework Convention on Global Health

Overview
The Centre of Excellence for Gender, Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (CGSRHR) at the James P Grant School of Public Health, BRAC University, in partnership with the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law at the Georgetown University Law Centre are working together to develop the Framework Convention on Global Health (FCGH). This is being done in collaboration with partners in the United States, Uganda, Cameroon, India, Nigeria and Pakistan in assisting with the drafting process and coordination activities.

FCGH would create a right to health governance framework; a global health treaty based on the right to health and aimed and closing national and global health inequities. It would provide standards to ensure healthcare and underlying determinants of health, along with an international and domestic financing framework to secure sufficient, sustained funds while addressing the social determinants of health. It would establish a transformative understanding of the right to health for all and ensure accountability, which is now missing, and adapt this right in this globalised world.

The FCGH would clearly define extraterritorial obligations, while ensuring that policies in other sectors are responsive to public health needs, endeavouring to elevate the status of health and demanding adherence to the right to health in other international legal regimes, such as trade and investment. The FCGH states that organisations and individuals from all spheres of public life ought to refuse tolerance of unconscionable health inequities that persist today.

It further states that the power of law, coupled with powerful social movements, can create change and contribute towards social justice. The particular focus is on ensuring that the FCGH acts as a powerful instrument in achieving this goal, advancing health equity, strengthening accountability, empowering people to claim their right to health. Securing a strong FCGH will require social justice movements – for health as well as linked movements such as for environmental stewardship and justice, workers’ rights, and immigrants’ rights.

Activities

The team is currently developing the Framework Convention on Global Health (FCGH), a treaty that would build on the post-2015 development goals’ momentum on universal health coverage, and more.

Partners/donor

Donor: Rockefeller Foundation
Timeline: 1stMarch 2013
Partner organisations: O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law at the Georgetown University Law Centre, Washington DC, USA

Highlights

A regional consultation meeting was organised on 5 January 2015.

Go4Health

Overview
The Go4Health Project stands for goals and governance for global health. It is a multicounty project, of which the Centre of Excellence for Gender, Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (CGSRHR) at the James P Grant School of Public Health, BRAC University (JPGSPH) is a regional hub for Asia. Led by the Institute of Tropical Medicine in Belgium, Go4Health is a coordination action funded by the Seventh Framework Program of the European Commission to assess the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and establish a basis to formulate new health development goals (NHDGs) in the post-2015 global agenda.

The project aims to ensure that the health-related development objectives of post 2015 are based on the best scientific evidence available and address the main shortcomings of the current MDGs. The NHDGs are intended to indicate an improved system for global health innovation that should be measurable, achievable and sustainable. The project brings together 12 partners from 12 countries spanning five continents. JPGSPH, as one of the partners contributing to Work Package 2, have already completed three rounds of consultations with the marginalised communities and civil society representatives in Bangladesh, Afghanistan and Philippines with the commitment to seek feedback from the community and civil society on a ‘global social contract’ that would support the new health development goals.

Activities

• With support from the institutional partners at both the local and global level, the project has already completed an initial round of consultations in 2013 which fed into the larger process of proposal formulation for the post-2015 health goals.

• The second round of consultations was held in 2014, the aim of which was to gain feedback from civil societies on post-MDG goals and targets proposed by the Go4Health consortium as well as findings from the first round consultations.

• Different forms of global social contracts exist, or have been imagined for the reinforcement of several so-called ‘building blocks’ of health system. To find out which of them can assist civil society the most in holding the international community accountable, the project conducted the third round of civil society consultations in 2015.

Partners/donor

Donor: European Union (EU)
Timeline: 2013- 2015 (no cost extension till Feb 2016)

Partner organisations:
• Institute of Tropical Medicine (ITM)
• University of Heidelberg
• Institute of Public Health
• The O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law (Georgetown University)
• University of Oxford
• University of Edinburgh
• Medico International
• Center for Health, Human Rights and Development (Cehurd)
• University of Nairobi
• Center for the Study of Equity and Governance in Health Systems, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (CEGSS LSHTM)
• University of Queensland
• Dalla Lana School of Public Health (University of Toronto)
• Norwegian Human Rights Center (University of Oslo)

Highlights

An abstract on the research finding of Go4Health has been selected for the Prince Mahidol Award Conference 2016 poster presentation.