The Future of Health Rights
We are delighted to invite you to The Future of Health Rights: Overcoming pharma monopolies and the commercialization of healthcare.
This year’s UN General Assembly provides a context to spotlight how – at this critical juncture – the world remains off course from achieving UHC by 2030. Civil society must mobilize to ensure that governments commit to implementing serious measures to make UHC a reality.
Led by expert speakers in the health field, this event aims to challenge the notion that the private sector alone can resolve the challenges that underfunded and underresourced global health systems face. For the world to have any hope of achieving UHC, strong well-resourced public healthcare systems that are equitable, universally accessible, gender-transformative and free at the point of use, must form the unequivocal central tenants of domestic and global health strategies, including pandemic preparedness, prevention and response. Meaningful conditions must be placed on the pharmaceutical industry to curtail their monopoly on access to medical innovation, and extractive Development Finance Institute (DFI) investments that prioritize profits over patients prohibited by governments and other stakeholders.
Covid-19 has been called by many a test run for the world’s response to global crisis. As we prepare to face one of the biggest challenges of our times in climate change, this health crisis can be seen as a chilling warning. Despite the rhetoric that “we’re all in it together”, we have seen a lack of unity from wealthy countries, disproportionate impacts on the most marginalized people, and a disturbing focus by big companies on the pursuit of profit rather than people’s well-being. Health justice, like climate justice requires true united action from the global community.
The event will be conducted in English, and will include opening remarks from keynote speakers, an expert panel, an immersive Virtual Reality experiential zone, and the opportunity for networking. The event will be moderated by Award-winning journalist Angela Oketch.