PHM submitted to country delegations of various countries, comments and suggestions regarding some of the items appearing on the agenda of the 66th World Health Assembly.
Over the last week members of the PHM have been working through the 66th WHO agenda with the assistance of experts from a number of collaborating networks and NGO's. This workshop was part of our Democratising Global Health Governance Initiative which involves both watching and advocay. In the course of these discussions we have prepared the following comments.
For more information and statements submitted, visit www.ghwatch.org/who-watch !
The World Health Assembly commences Monday 20 May. Among the critical issues that member states will discuss: non-communicable diseases, gender, climate change, universal health coverage and development goals from 2015. PHM’s group of WHO ‘watchers’ have spent the last week working through the agenda and evaluating the proposals coming before the Assembly against the principles of the People’s Charter for Health (see WHO Watch website). The Watchers are sharing their comments with the government representatives attending the Assembly. While big countries often send large delegations to the WHA some small countries are somewhat limited in their capacity to cover the whole agenda and many delegates have commented that the PHM analysis has been useful for them. The Watchers will also make statements from the floor on particular topics and will find informal opportunities to share their analysis with the delegates.
The People’s Health Movement – USA and California State University-Northridge present an IPHU short course about health equity in a local and global context. The course will cover primary health care, political economy of health, and social determinants of health through the lens of migrant experiences. Students, health workers, activists, and anyone interested in understanding more about the rights-based approach to health should apply!
The course will be organized in Los Angeles, California, USA from July 20-28, 2013. Application is open!