People's Health Movement South Africa (PHMSA) welcomes the reappointment of Dr Aaron Motsoaledi as South Africa's Minister of Health. We applaud his commitment to the health of the nation and to the principles of Primary Health Care.
Attached is the summary of the discussions and key decisions from the two -day meeting on ‘Emerging issues and action plan for nationalization of health care and reorienting health activism’ held on 11th and 12th May, 2014 at ISI, Bangalore by JAAK (the People's Health Movement Karnatake India)
What is the TTIP? On 17 June 2013, the European Commission announced the start of negotiations for a far-reaching trade deal, the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) or Transatlantic Free Trade Agreement (TAFTA). A sixth negotiation round is planned in July 2014 in Brussels. The TTIP is to liberalise trade and investment between the EU and the US, which together make up 40% of global economic output. What is called “the biggest trade deal in the world” is aimed to be finalized by the end of 2014.
After registration and a drink in the UNITE café, the event started with introductions by the joint Chairs for the day, Chris Boyle and Val Walsh, providing background information about the PHM and a reminder about the purpose of the Merseyside People’s Health Assembly, including the (flexible) running order for the day.
We have had very exciting and inspiring three days with almost 100 participants- representing community health networks/ groups, academics, health practitioners and activists- who shared personal stories & experiences and engaged in discussions and strategising around health inequalities and experiences of health under an environment of austerity and marginalisation!
The People’s Health Movement of South Africa marches today in solidarity with TAC for the issues raised in the memorandum. We believe that the achievements made in the treatment of HIV/AIDS and TB stand to be eroded by ongoing problems in our public facilities such as drug stock outs, corruption, poor infrastructure and lack of staffing.