Action for Global Health (AfGH) is a broad European network of NGOs advocating for Europe to play a more proactive role in enabling developing countries to meet the right to health for all and the health-related Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Established in 2006, today AfGH is active in France, Germany, Italy, Spain, the Netherlands, the UK and Brussels, and has over 50 member NGOs across these countries.
Plan International UK is lead partner of the network and has overarching responsibility for its governance. Our coordination team is based in London.
As a network of development and health organisations, we bring a unique blend of expertise across disease and non-disease specific organisations. AfGH builds on its experience and capacity to hold European governments and EU institutions accountable for their political commitments and policy efforts to ensure the progress of the health-related SDGs, through full funding of health, strengthening health systems and ensuring fair access to healthcare.
We continue to take an important role in ensuring official development assistance (ODA) for global health, deeply threatened in the current economic climate, is maintained. Our main actions take place in Europe, particularly Brussels and EU member states, targeting the EU institutions and key member state governments. We develop policy analysis and research, engaging with other civil society groups both in Brussels and throughout the EU, to build advocacy alliances.
The strength of the network is based on the capacity of its members to cooperate, linking the national, EU institutional, and the global agendas for health. We reach out to decision-makers and the media so as to influence EU decisions on global health and highlight the need for action in order to meet the global commitments for health. Our messages and our policy expertise are built through research in Europe and in developing countries, where we benefit from the expertise and evidence provided by Southern partners of our member organisations.
Action for Global Health (AfGH) advocates for the implementation of common principles and basic measures that will improve health policies and enable universal access to health care in developing countries as a way to eradicate poverty and promote human rights. We see in European governments and the European Commission a clear responsibility to promote the right to health in developing countries. In particular, we frame our calls around UN commitments that are still to be met by our governments.
Health as a Human Right was established by the International Convention on human rights, more than 60 years ago. The goal for governments to provide every individual access to basic health care was already set as a global standard in 1978 at Alma Atta, with a goal established for the year 2000. The HIV/AIDS epidemic of the late 20th century pushed back the expected progress. In 2000, 189 countries renewed their commitment and signed the Millennium Declaration, to eradicate poverty and to make the right to development of world's poorest countries a reality.
The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), with a target date of 2030, represent a global partnership promoting poverty reduction, food security, gender equality, education, maternal health and aim at combating child mortality, HIV/AIDS and other diseases.
Goal 3: Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages, focuses specifically on health, with 13 targets. This includes target 3.8 on universal health coverage. There are links to health across the other 16 sustainable development goals, targets and indicators.
AfGH believes that the SDGs are inseparable. Success in meeting the health-related SDGs, and realising the right to health, will only be achieved if these anti-poverty goals are addressed in a comprehensive way. This requires building strong systems for comprehensive and primary health care and addressing the social determinants of health through actions across all sectors, including gender inequity.