Workshop 3.5

Workshop 3.5 Improving health sector responsiveness, transparency and accountability: The role of the Medicines Transparency Alliance
Stream 3 Climate Change

Coordinator: Andrew Chetley, Communication and Capacity Strengthening Director, International MeTA Secretariat
Date: Friday 14:00 to 16:00
Location: MC 2

The state of a country's health services is an indicator of governance. Good governance helps ensure effective health care delivery. Returns on health investments are low where governance issues are not addressed. The right to health is universally accepted, and requires an effective, inclusive, good quality health system. A key part of that health system is access to essential medicines. Strengthening the capacity of civil society to hold government and international systems accountable helps to address inequities in health systems. Where citizens are able to take up and use spaces opened up by participatory processes, they can use their agency to demand accountability, transparency and responsiveness from government institutions and global actors. Successful services emerge from institutional relationships in which the actors are accountable to each other. This is one of the fundamental premises of the Medicines Transparency Alliance, a new programme active in 7 countries to encourage multistakeholder dialogue, analysis and action and increased transparency in the health sector. This workshop will outline the experience and lessons to date and look at some of the future challenges.

Moderator: Robin Hodess, Director of Policy and Research, TI
Rapporteur: Ximena Salazar, Regional Coordinator - Conventions Programme, Transparency International

Panellists: Richard Calland, Director, Open Democracy Advice Center, South Africa (Tbc)
Goodwell Lungu, Executive Director, TI Zambia (Tbc)
Andrew Chetley, Communication and Capacity Strengthening Director, International MeTA Secretariat