Concerns continue to be raised regarding provisions of the recently concluded Trans Pacific Partnership. The latest to join in voicing concern is Dr.Margaret Chan, Director-General of the World Health Organization. Addressing civil society and policy-oriented “think tanks” on November 12, 2015, Dr.Chan said: "Intellectual property rights and the patent system continue to raise questions about fairness. I have been hearing some serious concerns that the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the biggest trade agreement ever, may adversely affect the market for generics and biosimilars and increase the cost of medicines". The full text of the agreement, released on 5th November, can be accessed HERE.
The People's Health Movement expresses its deepest solidarity with the victims of the air-strikes on the MSF-hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan. Like everyone else, we were stunned when we heard the news that the hospital of Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) in Kunduz, Afghanistan, was the target of severe air-strikes. In the night from Friday to Saturday, 22 people died (among them 12 staff members of MSF and 10 patients, 3 of which were children) at this site in the North of Afghanistan, plagued for days by intense fighting between the Taliban and the regular Afghan army. The NATO-coalition, and more particularly the US military, has already admitted responsibility for the massacre. Read full statement here.
The UN finally ratified the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) aiming to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all. This article sets the scene for deeper investigations into the impact of global trade policies and lays open questions around the related potential for achieving SDG3 on health and well-being. Implementing the SDGs will require good governance, strong commitment and public health friendly legislation. This article questions whether this is possible in a global trade and investment climate driven by international competition to have the first and the best free trade agreements that are not designed to improve the many variables of international development. CLICK HERE for the full article
Older PHM Actions
- Civil Society statement condemns Swiss Government for pressure on Colombia to prevent compulsory license on anti-cancer drug
- The People’s Health Movement condemns the Israeli parliament for passing a law that is an affront to humanity and in flagrant violation of medical ethics
- PHM strongly condemns the arrest and ongoing detention of Daoud al-Ghoul, a Palestinian PHM activist.