Global Health Watch 4: Program of global launch

Volume 4 of the GLOBAL HEALTH WATCH integrates rigorous analysis, alternative proposals and stories of struggles and change to present a compelling case for the imperative to work for a radical transformation of the way we approach actions and policies on health. It is designed to question present policies on health and to propose alternatives through new analysis.

A global launch is taking place in Thailand on Tuesday 27 January.

PHM calls for governments to be accountable for WHO

The People’s Health Movement (PHM) calls on health activists and public health practitioners around the world to hold their governments accountable for the work of WHO. Governments must be accountable both for their contribution to WHO (financial and technical) and for their implementation of agreed policies.  Governments must be held accountable by the activists, organisations and movements who care about better health domestically and who also stand in solidarity with people in other countries – Health for All!

PHM has prepared background briefings on all of the issues on the EB agenda combined with critical comment from the PHM perspective.  All of these briefings are linked from PHM’s EB index page.  A downloadable integrated commentary (as pdf) is also available from this page. Watch Alice Fabbri (PHM-Italy) talks about WHO-watch.

Global Health Watch 4: Health Systems and the UHC proposal

This chapter argues that the current drift in health systems policy is legitimized by a particular discourse directed at weakening public systems and promote the pursuit of private profit. In consequence, the dominant model of UHC poses a threat to public health systems. The chapter argues that this is even more worrying given compelling evidence that the best models are tax-funded, with universal entitlements to comprehensive services and participatory mechanisms. It concludes that public systems need to be reclaimed by citizens, reformed in peoples' interest and made accountable to citizens. This opening Chapter is followed by five case studies from across the world: UK, Mexico, Brazil, South Africa and Tunesia.

Latest News and Analysis

Health for All (HFA) is a scientific health equity journal published by People's Health Movement Nepal Students' Circle (PHM-NSC). The HFA encompasses all aspects of public health, human right, social justice, equity and social determinants of health....
PHM commentary on the WHO Executive Board agendaThe People’s Health Movement (PHM) calls on health activists and public health practitioners around the world to hold their governments accountable for the work of WHO. Governments must be accountable both...
The World Bank and the UHC proposalIn this new piece, "Measuring Progress Towards Universal Health Coverage: Evolving Agenda - An Update", Health policy analyst Sundararaman looks at different initiatives that concentrate on Universal Health Coverage and...
The People's Health Movement (PHM) for Latin America:Affirms its most unreserved solidarity with the families and fellow students injured, killed and disappeared of the Normal Rural School "Raúl Isidro Burgos" in Ayotzinapa, Guerrero.The PHM demands a...
In solidarity with the courageous CONAIE (Confederation of IndigenousNations - Ecuador), leader of historic struggles in our Abya Yala, we stand against the Ecuadorian Government threat of eviction from their- CONAIE's- offices/home and call upon a...
The People's Health Movement - Latino American region (PHM-LA) that met in San Salvador, El Salvador, on 28 and 29 November 2014 strongly condemns the municipal government's decision to rename the San Antonio Abad Street in the name of the person...

Latest Campaign Updates

Overcoming the Health Workforce Gap:"The current Ebola outbreak in Western-Africa is a telling reminder that weak health systems capacity, including the global deficit of the workforce, is an transnational challenge that requires a global response and...
Denial of health rights and low health indicators has been a continuing concern across states of India. The inequities in access to health rights are relatively more pronounced for some states and pockets in the states. Located in the central part of...
Third Word Health Aid (M3M) - PHM affiliated network - in defense of equitable access to quality health care at Global Trade in Services Forum in Geneva Report  - CLICK HERE for interviews and presentations At the first Global Trade in...
PHM at the Global Symposium on Health Systems ResearchThe third Global Symposium on Health Systems Research (HSR) took place in Cape Town from September 30 to October 3, 2014. Almost 2000 participants from 125 countries, including several PHM activists,...
STatement BY cso delegation to the open ended working group of the international conference on nutrition 2Governments met in the FAO Headquarters in Rome from 10-12 October to finalize the Rome Political Declaration and the Framework for Action for the...
AnalysisIn developing countries Europe prioritises the privatisation of services, even if this agenda enhances inequalities in access to health care. Europe promotes minimal or no binding regulation for multinationals, which can have harmful consequences...