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PHM calls upon using TRIPs flexibilities to increase access to new medicines for patients with viral hepatitis C

As a part of 'watching' the 67th World Health Assembly (19-25 May 2014), PHM developed a statement on the item 12.3 (Hepatitis) of the agenda of the Assembly.

The right of return is an imprescriptible right!

The Palestinian People commemorates a 66 years old painful memory that resulted in the largest and the most dreadful tragedy in the modern era.

In the memory of the Palestinian Nakba in 1948, the Health Work Committees and the crowds of the Palestinian people and their active Palestinian organizations confirm that the right of return is an imprescriptible right, and shall not be waived in any framework as it is a collective and an individual right that represents a living memory.

PHM preparing for watching the upcoming 67th World Health Assembly

Within the framework of the PHM's initiative of Democratizing Global Health Governance focusing currently on watching the World Health Organization (WHO-Watch), a number of PHM health activists started the preparation for the watching the upcoming 67th World Health Assembly (WHA-67) and 135th WHO's Executive Board session (EB-135).

PHM Nigeria: Bring back our girls!

PHM Nigeria condemns the heinous act of abduction and supports the joint effort of the international communityaround the world to fight this terrorist act and free our girls. PHM-Nigeria:

The social movements in Ecuador call for international solidarity to protect the referendum on the Yasuní national park

Democracy is crumbling in Ecuador. After last week's submission of a request for a referendum on oil drilling in the Yasuní-ITT by the Collective Yasunidos, with the support of 756,291 signatures, the last few days, the National Electoral Council (CNE), the receiving organ of such requests in Ecuador, have committed serious unexplained irregularities, with the purpose of disqualifying a great number of signatures to boycott the referendum. We recall the highlights of this brief but intense process.

In the Labor Day, the Health Work Committees calls for justice for the Palestinian workers

The Health Work Committees, one of the PHM lead organizations in Palestine published a press release in the first of May, the Labor Day. The press release called for justice for Palestinian workers who are still working and operating under the brunt of exploitation and the absence of rights; especially the minimum wage, occupational health, safety, and social security. The press release requested a national strategy to support the Palestinian workers. Read the press release.

PHM Global Newsletter

Check out PHM Global News December 2013 - February 2014 with news on IPHU Thessaloniki, Inspiring health activists in Brazil, the PHM India's Health Manifesto and much more!

New PHM contribution on Global Governance for Health

PHM background papers and case studies contributed to 'The Lancet-University of Oslo Commission on Global Governance for Health' which now has been released. This report examines power disparities and dynamics across a range of policy areas that affect health and that require improved global governance: economic crises and austerity measures, knowledge and intellectual property, foreign investment treaties, food security,transnational corporate activity, irregular migration, and violent conflict.

Honoring Miguel Marquez, founder of ALAMES

“Miguel Marquez, founder and distinguished member of ALAMES - one of PHM's affiliated networks - passed away Tuesday 3 February. Ecuadorian by birth, studied in Cuenca, was Dean of the Faculty and Director of the Association of Faculties of Medicine of Ecuador. He worked for PAHO in Guatemala, Nicaragua and Cuba where he settled. Founder of ALAMES, medical social critic, revolutionary, committed to the struggles of people. He leaves behind an inspiring footprint for many Latin Americans.”

Fighting for the right to health side by side with victims of typhoon Haiyan

PHM-Philippines is part of Samahang Opersyong Sagip (SOS), a disaster response organization managed by the Council for Health and Development. A PHM delegation had a solidarity trip to the victims of tyfoon in Tacloban, met with the members of "People Surge" and rendered medical services to those are in need. The People's Surge demands government to support the affected families to build houses in the areas where they used to live in, instead of the temporary bunk houses that are far from their livelihood.

Palestine: Defending the right to health of citizens in Area “C”

On January 28, 2014, the Health Work Committees organized a conference, held in Ramallah, sponsored by the People's Health Movement, on “The right to health of citizens in Area “C” .The conference concluded several recommendations to enhance the resilience of the citizens in Area C, which constitutes more than 60% of the area of the West Bank. It also highlighted the reality of Area C, and the violations faced by its residents due to the occupation’s policies and the settlements.

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During the 134th WHO's EB session, Civil Society calls upon Member States to foil Conspiracy by Big Pharma to Undermine South African Patent Reforms

During the debate on 'Access to Essential Medicines' at the 134th WHO Executive Board meeting (Thursday 23 January 2014), the South African delegate made an intervention regarding the campaign plans of global pharmaceutical companies to undermine the proposed revision of South African patent laws. Other delegates also deplored what has been describe by the South African Health Minister as a plot to commit ‘genocide’. The WHO Director-General spoke of her determination not to allow pharmaceutical profits to take priority over access to health care.

PHM's commentary on the agenda of the 134th session of the WHO's Executive Board

The PHM and a number of affiliated networks have published an 'open letter' to the delegates of the WHO;s Member States. The letter includes analysis and comments on each of the items on the agenda of the 134th session of the WHO's Executive Board.

Read the PHM commentary.

Review the PHM watching activities around the 134th EB session.

Universal Health Coverage: Beyond Rhetoric

The paper: Critical questions are raised around the wide and growing enthusiasm for Universal Health Coverage (UHC). Typically defined as a health financing system based on pooling of funds to provide health coverage for a country’s entire population, it often takes the form of a ‘basic package’ of services made available through health insurance and provided by a growing private sector. Such programs are now zealously promoted by global health agencies, yet the evidence to support their implementation remains extremely thin.

PHM Global News, October 2013

Find out more about PHM action across the world: Mobilising in Brazil, Watching WHO Africa regional committee, Health activist courses and much more!

Declaration by PHM Latin America and the Caribbean

A call for a society that rises above capitalism, founding a new, truly human civilisation based on solidarity and harmony with the environment; for sovereignty in health, by building together the conditions that enable a dignified life for human communities and their environment; health to be in the hands of people, thus reclaiming and appreciating the enormous wealth of knowledge, practices and experience that people of Latin America and the Caribbean have in protecting and caring for health; public, universal, equitable health systems with social justice that are multicultural and includ

Developing a new layer of health activists in South Africa

PHM SA hosted its first South African People's Health University (SAPHU) in December 2013. PHM South Africa believes that following changes are needed: a real implementation of comprehensive primary health care; a reintegration of private sector resources human and material, into the public health system and a move towards a system of social solidarity where health care is paid for collectively through taxation and free at the point of service. Civil society mass mobilisation and co-ordinated campaigns are essential to ensure that the NHI is a people centred one.

After the Fall: The IMF extends its business to Europe

60 health activists from 20 countries with the majority from Europe joined the training course 'Struggle for Health' focusing on political economy of health. The course is being held at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece. During the first day, Prof. Alexis Benos (Greece) described the economic crisis in Greece, its implication on people's health and forms of people's resistance. The presentation showed clearly that the international monetary organizations have extended their destructive recipes to the welfare state in Europe.

International People's Health University - The Struggle for Health

Health activists have gathered in Thessaloniki, Greece, for the International Health Peoples University (IPHU). The decision to come to Greece was not accidental- Greece is bearing the brunt of the global economic crisis. The course participants have travelled from over 20 countries, as far reaching as Brazil, Nepal and Uganda. Key messages from the course so far: EDUCATE! more people about health issues; MOBILISE! people under different organisations, banners and slogans; ORGANISE! Work as a body of people and as a community of believers in... CHANGE! and make our voices heard.