Contributions of Global Health Diplomacy to Health Systems in Sub-Saharan Africa:Evidence and Information to Support Capabilities for Health Diplomacy

Health is becoming a core feature of global negotiations, whether they relate to trade, economic growth, or social development. New research will help boost Africa's bargaining power in global health diplomacy,

The term global health diplomacy has been coined to describe the multidisciplinary work related to diplomacy, public policy, and global health.

But an underlying North-South divide exists in this area, leaving Africa - and sub-Saharan Africa in particular - at a disadvantage. Although the region is highly integrated in the global economy, it has little bargaining power in such high-level negotiations. In health, for example, this has consequences when global level agreements and negotiations limit the space for national policy decisions on the development and strengthening of equitable health systems.

This research aims to examine and communicate the most important elements countries need to assert their public health interests in global health diplomacy from an African perspective. The research will look at three examples of global health diplomacy important to sub-Saharan Africa: 1) the implementation of the World Health Organization's Code on International Recruitment of Health Personnel; 2) new collaboration on access to essential drugs through South-South relationships involving Africa, China, Brazil, and India; and 3) the involvement of African actors in getting universal access to prevention, treatment, and care for HIV and AIDS.

The research will be led by the African-based organization EQUINET / Training and Research Support Centre, working with the Eastern African Trade Information and Negotiations Institute. Research teams conducting the case studies will be selected through an open call. African policymakers, knowledge brokers, and other key stakeholders will be involved throughout the research process.

Expected outcomes of the research include some 200 publications consisting of background literature reviews, in-depth case studies, and scientific publications in international peer-reviewed journals that will be posted on the EQUINET website. African policymakers and other relevant actors will be exposed to the arguments, methods, and challenges of global health diplomacy so they can engage more effectively in this emerging field.

Project ID

106810

Project status

Closed

Start Date

Thursday, December 8, 2011

End Date

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Duration

36 months

IDRC Officer

Mahmood, Qamar

Total funding

CA$ 690,600

Country(s)

North of Sahara, South of Sahara, Brazil, China

Project Leader

Bente Molenaar Neufeld

Project Leader

Rene Loewenson

Institution

Training and Research Support Centre Limited

Institution Country

United Kingdom