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.