Ideas for collaborative stakeholder action plans on health currently under development and discussion include the ones listed below. For more detailed information and if you are interested to collaborate on partnerships, please contact Gordon Baker (firstname.lastname@example.org).
AIDS in the Workplace
Combating AIDS requires a massive social response, and the workplace must take a leading role in harnessing effective communication and information to enable the major, continued behaviour change required to reverse the damage being done every day.
Purpose: To engage businesses and the workplace in preventing and managing AIDS using, for example, the ILO Code of Practice.
Desired outcome at IC: Agreement at to priorities and creation of partnerships and platform for sharing information between stakeholders and organisations and implementing effective workplace-based responses to HIV/AIDS.
Possible partners: ILO, UNAIDS, ICFTU, WHO, UNDP, Southern African companies (esp. mining, energy), grassroots groups.
Novartis International have established a North-South partnership with the Singaporean Economic Development Board aimed at research and development of new drugs and vaccines for neglected diseases. The partnership uses a new business model, which the partners would like to share and explore its development.
Purpose: To review and learn from the development of the Novartis / Singapore EDB partnership and to discuss potential future applications of it and similar models.
Desired outcome at IC: Increased networking between stakeholders and governments. Concrete actions for participants to apply their knowledge on North-South partnerships based on a multi-stakeholder perspective of the present and future possibilities of partnerships.
Interested parties include: Novartis, other health companies (Pfizer, Novo Nordisk), Oxfam, Medicins Sans Frontieres, governments of Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia, India, Brazil, South Africa, Canada, USA, NZ, Australia and Quebec (for francophone regions).
Sub-Saharan African heads of state agreed to reduce taxes and tariffs on malaria resources (nets, pesticides, etc) but many have failed to implement this.
Purpose: To establish effective programme of action to remove taxes and tariffs, so as to ensure fair, low prices for the users of malaria prevention resources.
Desired outcome at IC: Agreed commitment and actions to abolish taxes in the 26 countries that have failed to do so; agree campaign & lobbying strategies.
Interested parties include: UNICEF, WHO, Roll Back Malaria, GEM, Massive Effort Advocacy Campaign, Huairou Commission, Malaria Foundation.
Migration of Health Professionals
The imbalance of development between North and South leads to a migration of health professionals northwards. This action plan is about addressing this shift, to ensure that all health systems are available to respond to domestic health needs.
Purpose: To create a framework for regulating the migration of health professionals.
Desired outcome at IC: Action plan for implementing the framework, perhaps through the creation of a taskforce, aiming to achieve broad international agreement for measurable, time-bound targets.
Interested parties include: WHO, Rockefeller Foundation, International Organisation for Migration, International College of Nurses, Physicians for Social Responsibility governments (NZ, South Africa, Canada (+ Quebec), UK, Cuba), Commonwealth Secretariat.
Media and Development
This is an action plan developing beyond the initial health focus.
Purpose: To explore ways of facilitating and extending local communication networks including community radio networks, to transfer information, empower local communities and effect behaviour change.
Media play an important role in informing, persuading and empowering people to change their behaviour. Groups that engage media in the context of development can help shape and frame the debate in the drive towards poverty eradication and sustainable development. The strengthening of existing media networks and highlighting of good practices is key to delivering effective messages. Community radio is regarded as very important and the role of community radio is key in this area.
Working sessions at the IC could focus on:
Interested parties include: PCI - Kenya, AMARC - Zambia, GRET - France, Radio for Development – UK, CEMINA – Brazil, ProNature – Mexico, FEMNET – Kenya, TeleCommons Development Group – Kenya, Developing Countries Farm Radio Network – Canada, Africa Media online, PACT, and FAO.