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PHM Global News July 2014

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Norwegian doctor Mads Gilbert testifies about the hell of Gaza

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Wed, 07/30/2014

Professor Mads Gilbert is a Norwegian emergency physician who gained international fame for his support to the Palestinian people. From the Al-Shifa hospital in besieged Gaza, he challenged Obama to spend one night in the hospital during the murderous Israeli bombing campaign. After two weeks working in the war zone, he left Gaza last Monday. On the way back home, he made a stopover in Brussels to testify about his experience.

“My key message is clear,” he says, “This is an all-out war against Palestinian civilians.”

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PHM Kenya - Health for All Campaigns 2013 – 2014.

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Mon, 07/28/2014

KAPLET designed a Right to Health and Healthcare Advocacy project in six out of forty seven counties of Kenya so as to assist community activists’, local grassroots’ organizations, women organizations, youth organizations, community leaders and religious leaders, to put the right to health into practice so as to allow everyone, regardless of who they are, where they live in or what health problems they have, to be able to receive help and treatment and also to challenge these problems by mobilizing people into advocacy campaigns on the social determinants of health, and supporting people li

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PHM India: Open letter on increasing corruption in the private medical sector

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Fri, 07/25/2014

The Jan Swasthya Abhiyan (JSA) wishes to express its deep concern regarding recent extensive reports in the media, which have highlighted the all-pervading nature of corruption in the health sector. JSA would like to recall and reiterate the main features of corruption in the private sector in health care and call upon the government to act firmly against this. Such corruption leads to huge increases in the costs of care, causes impoverishment and compromises health outcomes for individuals and for society.

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PHM attended the Human Rights Council discussions in Geneva

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Fri, 07/18/2014

A PHM activist, also a part of PHM's WHO Watch program, attended the Human Rights Council discussions in Geneva and shared the key elements of the discussion through our skype channel.

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PHM UK: The ‘War’ Without Bullets - The 2nd National Health Assembly

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Mon, 07/14/2014

From behind owls-eye spectacles, Cathy McCormack’s diminutive frame breathlessly declaims: “We are fighting a war without bullets”.

In many ways this feisty wee woman — who from her days living in a Glasgow council estate now campaigns for healthy housing and against poverty– best sums up the People’s Health Movement (PHM) and what it symbolizes today.

It’s about the little man trying to make things right; the battle between David and Goliath. It’s about fighting injustice despite all the odds.

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PHM South Africa condemns the arrest of community health workers in the Free State and calls for their formal employment within the health system

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Fri, 07/11/2014

The People's Health Movement condemns the arrest of over 100 community health workers and Treatment Campaign activists in the Free State on Wednesday at the instigation of the MEC for health while they were staging a peaceful protest about their poor conditions of service after not having been paid for 2 months.

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2nd UK People’s Health Assembly held in Scotland, April 2014.

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Thu, 07/03/2014

From the moment people starting registering there was a buzz - people reconnecting with friends and colleagues from way back, Scottish delegates chatting to those who ventured north from England, students discussing what they are doing with more experienced colleagues, and already and informally, personal stories of activism.

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No to corporate power!

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Thu, 07/03/2014

June 24-26, Claudio Schuftan, PHM representative on the global Steering Committee of the PHM, attended a meeting organized by FIAN and TNI (Transnational Institute) to discuss the role and responsibilities of TNCs in the food sector, to prepare the strategy towards the upcoming International Conference on Nutrition (ICN+2, November 2014) and to accompany and lobby for the Human Rights Council vote on setting up a workgroup to regulate TNCs' resposibilities in the future. The resolution was approved and it was a reason for celebration.

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MSP Brasil Recebe Visita Especial

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Wed, 07/02/2014

A médica boliviana Vivian Camacho, integrante do Movimento pela Saúde dos Povos, esteve no Brasil no último mês de abril. Percorreu várias cidades, em vários estados, trocando experiências e promovendo a saúde. Foram muitos encontros potentes, com ativistas do MSP Brasil e outros movimentos que lutam pela saúde, com universidades, com trabalhadores da saúde.
De Fortaleza, Ceará, nordeste do país, onde participou do Congresso da Rede Unida, até Porto Alegre, extremo sul, Vivian participou de diversas atividades, passando também pelo Rio de Janeiro e por São Paulo.

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PHM Brazil Receives Special Visitor

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Wed, 07/02/2014

Bolivian doctor Vivian Camacho, member of the People's Health Movement, was in Brazil last April. She visited many cities in several states, exchanging experiences and promoting health. There were many powerful encounters with PHM activists and other health movements, with universities, and with health care workers. From Fortaleza, northeastern Brazil, where she attended the Congress of the Rede Unida, to Porto Alegre, southern end of the country, Vivian participated in various activities, also passing through the states of Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo.

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PHM-USA connects with US health activists at this year's Left Forum

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Fri, 06/13/2014

PHM-USA was present at the Left Forum held in New York City at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice (CUNY) from May 31-June 2. The Left Forum is the largest gathering of the U.S. Left and examines a variety of topics such as health, labor unions, racism, sexism and the environment, through a progressive lens. With up to 6,000 people attending this year, the theme of the conference was Reform and/or Revolution: Imagining a World with Transformative Justice.

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WHO faces civil society ire for ties with pharma-backed norm setting body

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Tue, 06/10/2014

NEW DELHI: At the ongoing 67th World Health Assembly in Geneva, public health organisations have objected to the World Health Organization's (WHO) participation in the International Conference on Harmonisation (ICH), which they describe as "a de facto standard setting body set up by transnational pharmaceutical industry to serve their business interests".

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PHM South Africa: Comment on the reappointment of Dr Aaron Motsoaledi as South Africa's Minister of Health

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Fri, 05/30/2014

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.

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