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PHM strongly condemns the arrest and ongoing detention of Daoud al-Ghoul, a Palestinian PHM activist.

Daoud al-Ghoul, an IPHU alumni, PHM Palestinian activist and the director of youth programs for the Health Work Committees in Jerusalem and the Kanaan Network of Palestinian civil society organizations and a prominent community organizer, was arrested by Israeli occupation military forces on 25 June.
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Towards a Health Movement in Zambia: PHM Zambia meeting 3 to 4 July

Civil society groups, members from academic institutions, religious groups, youth, education unions,  individuals came together on the 3rd and 4th of July to 2015 to get an overview of the People's Health Movement and look at the possibility of forming a circle in Zambia. There have been several efforts by International People's Health University (IPHU) alumni to build a movement but this was the first meeting that the members of PHM Zambia called interested organisations and individuals to come together to build a health movement in Zambia.

Global Health Watch 4 Launched in Geneva

Global Health Watch 4 was launched at Geneva's Press Club, on 20th of May 2015. It was accompanied by a panel discussion on the ‘Impacts of trade and investment agreements on health’. The event was organised by The Berne Declaration, Health Action International, Medico International, Medicus Mundi International, People’s Health Movement, Safe Observer International, the South Centre, Third World Health Aid, Third World Network, and Wemos.

PHM urges Independent Panel to take a broad look at the trade and health nexus

Following the Lancet-University of Oslo Commission report on Global Governance for Health The Political origins of health Inequity: prospects for change, an Independent Panel was set up to provide evidence on the political processes that influence global health. In February 2015 the Panel invited submissions on the topic of the health impacts of trade and investment agreements.

Expressions of concern and solidarity

Dear friends in Nepal,

Expressions of concern and solidarity for you in the face of this massive earthquake are coming in from PHM circles around the globe. 

PHM at the World Social Forum

A delegation of the People's Health Movement is in Tunis now to participate in the World Social Forum (24-28 March). PHM activists came from many countries including Egypt, Palestine, Morocco, Italy, Turkey, DR Congo, India. Together with trade unions and NGOs of the health and right sector, they are animating a programme on the struggles for the right to health and social protection.

PHM takes solidarity to Gaza

The PHM solidarity mission in Gaza took place early March 2015. Objective of the mission was to listen to the voices of the health and human rights NGOs and activists on the situation six month after the ceasefire, and to share the solidarity of the global movement with the people in Gaza. Reports are available on the PHM Gaza meeting, the meeting with WHO Gaza and the meeting with the Palestinian Non Governmental Organisation Network.

TISA: Leaked document uncovers secret discussions that undermine access to health care

A secret discussion note for the Trade in Service Agreement (TISA) – leaked by Associated Whistle-Blowing Press- uncovers that negotiators discuss reforms to the national health care systems in favour of international trade and the commercialisation of health care. This proposal, made by Turkey, has been discussed by the member states of the EU during the TISA negotiations that took place in Geneva in September 2014.

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!

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.

Global Health Watch 4: The Global Health Workforce Crisis

This chapter of GHW4 discusses how 'ceilings’ in the public wage bill imposed by the International Monetary Fund in Africa have contributed to migration of health workforce from the continent towards northern countries. The chapter also highlights that concerns of ‘economic efficiency’ threaten reducing health workers' role to undertaking selective diagnosis and treatment. It concludes that a strong health workforce, supported by public funds, is a requirement for strong, universal health systems.

Global Health Watch 4: Neoliberal globalization and the global health crisis

How have different phases of neoliberal globalization deepened the global health crisis? What can we learned from these previous experiences to face the new phase of globalisation that emerges after the 2008-09 financial crisis? What are the key recent changes in global power relations and economic governance that impact health? How are these changes influencing decisions and choices that impact on health?

PHM Global News September-November 2014

In this issue:

  • PHM's position on the Ebola Epidemic
  • People of the World, Surge Forward for Climate Justice
  • PHM India: Maternal Health Rights Campaign
  • Social Movements are key to achieving People—centered Health Systems
  • PHM’s position on the 2nd International Conference on Nutrition
  • And much more

People of the World, Surge Forward for Climate Justice

It has been a year since Typhoon Haiyan struck central Philippines: one of the strongest and deadliest tropical cyclones ever recorded, leaving tens of thousands of people dead and missing, millions homeless and livelihoods destroyed.In commemoration of the first year of Typhoon Haiyan and to honor all the victims of the global climate crisis, PHM together with civil society organisations across the world, declare this day, November 8, as International Day for Climate-Affected Communities as we call on all climate-impacted communities and their organizations to unite in demanding justice an

PHM calls upon member states of WHO in the African region to address hard questions related to Ebola epidemic

The 64th Session of the WHO's Regional Committee of Africa is meeting this week in Benin. Among other critical issues, the Committee is addressing: Ebola outbreak, African health emergency fund, Strategic budget allocation, and WGO's engagement with non-state actors. PHM calls upon the Committee to boldly confront structural determinants of Ebola outbreak: