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Health and Human Rights Learning Circle Launches in Bay Area

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Sat, 02/20/2010

Inspired by the success of the First Annual South Los Angeles Health and Human Rights Conference last June, PHM-US  is helping to launch a Bay Area health and human rights learning circle. We will meet for several months to use articles, personal experience, and other forms of media to learn more about the health and human rights approach, hoping to build and strengthen a community of allies.

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PHM Right to Health and Health Care Campaign update January 2010

It is time again to give an update where the campaign has gone since the middle of last year.

Kenya has joined the campaign and will be funded shortly. Djibouti has sent a plan and is reworking its budget. Togo got funding to hold its workshop to present the assessment results and prepare an action plan. Cameroun has sent a plan for the same workshop and is reworking its budget for that. Benin has promised a plan for the workshop shortly. Morocco did an assessment of the RTH --without PHM funding-- and sent us a copy. Ecuador worked on RTH wording for the new national Constitution. India is successfully carrying out a community based monitoring of the RTH. Guatemala has completed the assessment and we are expecting the report. Liberia recently contacted us very preliminarily.

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PHM Letter to UNITAID Board on Patent Pool Plan

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Thu, 12/10/2009

To,
The UNITAID Board Chair
Dr Philippe Douste-Blazy
Special Adviser on Innovative Financing for Development
UN Under-Secretary-General

We understand that the UNITAID’s Executive Board is to meet on 14-15th December to finalise the Patent Pool implementation plan.

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PHM-US Editorial featured on cover of The Lancet

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Tue, 12/08/2009

Lancet journal coverThe latest issue of The Lancet features the editorial below, written by members of PHM-US.

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Focus on Human Resources is the Best Medicine

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Mon, 07/20/2009

The National Health Insurance (NHI) - in essence a pooling of public and private resources for healthcare - will potentially increase significantly funds for health, and therefore, it is assumed, improve access for all South Africans to a wider range of services.

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David Sanders & Bridget Lloyd, Cape Times
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Health and Human Rights Conference in South LA

The Crisis of Health and Human Rights in South L.A: Leveraging Lessons and Getting Results in South LA and Beyond

As the movement for health and human rights advances, its local, national, and international fronts have an unprecedented opportunity to share lessons and leverage resources towards a common purpose: marked and measurable improvements in the health and well-being of children, adolescents and families. In south Los Angeles and beyond, the challenge for health and human rights advocates is not about whether we work together to seize this opportunity to achieve results, but about how.

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HEALTH: Voices of Alarm and Moderation at WHO Meet

GENEVA, May 18 (IPS) - World Health Organisation (WHO) Director General Margaret Chan issued a warning about the danger posed by the H1N1 flu epidemic, while health ministers from several countries recommended avoiding excesses when it came to remarks about a potential pandemic.

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Gustavo Capdevila
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(Press Release - May 18, 2009) PHM at WHA 2009: “Declare Global economic downturn a health emergency!”

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Thu, 01/01/2009

“Economic Recession is a threat to the world’s health”

The People’s Health Movement urges the World Health Organization and member governments to “declare the economic recession currently gripping the globe as a health emergency”.

Health activists gathered here in Geneva for the World Health Assembly (18-22 May) are expected to lobby the UN health body and governments to declare global downturn a health emergency.

(Press Release - May 19, 2009) WHA 2009: PHM statements on key health issues

WHA 2009: PHM statements on key health issues - May 19, 2009

On recession and impact on health:

  1. “Declare Global economic downturn a health disaster!”.
  2. Economic Recession is a threat to the world’s health
  3. The PHM demands immediate measures by the international community and individual governments:

PHM Calls Upon the 62nd Assembly to Act Decisively

The People’s Health Movement (PHM) is a world wide movement of people’s organizations, non-governmental organizations, academic institutions and wide range of civil society networks and social movements. The PHM was launched as a result of the People’s Health Assembly that was convened in December 2000 in Bangladesh.

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Urgent need to ensure developing countries have fair access to influenza anti-virals and vaccines

The current outbreak of swine flu (H1N1) outbreak has again highlighted concerns that people in developing countries will have little or inadequate access to much needed influenza vaccines or anti-viral treatments. Thus, there is an urgent need for establishing a global system of fair and equitable system for the sharing of the flu vaccines as well as anti-viral treatments on the basis of need, wherein people in affected developing countries have access.

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Third World Network
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PHM Open Letter to the WHO's Executive Board Meeting

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Mon, 01/19/2009

Jan 19, 2009

Distinguished members of the Executive Board of WHO,

The People's Health Movement (PHM) is a world wide movement of people's organizations, non-governmental organizations, academic institutions and wide range of civil society networks and social movements. The PHM was launched as a result of the People's Health Assembly that was convened in December 2000 in Bangladesh.

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PHM Global Steering Council
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Health and human security in West Papua

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Fri, 12/26/2008

Recent publications have highlighted the impact of human rights violations, poverty and extraction of natural resources on the health status of the indigenous people of West Papua. However, the Australian medical literature has so far remained silent on this issue.

Long-standing allegations of violence being perpetrated against Papuan civil society are supported by accounts given by West Papuan refugees involved in an Australian-based study.

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Susan J Rees, Remco van de Pas, Derrick Silove and Moses Kareth
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“To promote the spirit of Alma Ata, conditions are better than ever”

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Wed, 11/05/2008

The 30th anniversary of the 1978 Alma Ata Declaration was marked by a celebration in Brussels on October 17, 2008. During the program, two PHM activists were interviewed on the significance of Alma Ata and the way forward in the struggle for the right to health. Here are some excerpts from this interview with Arturo Quizhpe from Ecuador and Wim De Ceukelaire from Belgium.

What do you remember from Alma Ata and how did you learn about it?

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