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Gender Based Violence - a public health issue!

Date: 
Thu, 05/08/2014
Gender based violence is a major public health issue - a reproductive and sexual health concern: nevertheless the role of the health care systems in many countries, including India remains minimal.
 
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“Where we stand” The legal provisions and political commitment for women health in Nepal

Nepal, a democratic republican state with major political and social transition in recent days, has not been an easy place for women especially tackling gender issues. Gender issues like sex preference of new born child leading to infanticide and feticide, women's access to (reproductive) health services, women empowerment in terms of social, economic and political aspect, deep rooted gender based violence are either not addressed or insufficiently addressed. The interim constitution of Nepal, 2007 AD includes provision for addressing gender equality and social inclusion. The gender issue has been addressed under fundamental rights. When it comes to the commitment of political parties towards gender and particularly gender health issue, very few agendas are reflected in their manifestos. These issues are sidelined and fail to be the prioritized in terms of political view. PHM outlines that physical, social, economic and political factors play an important role in determining access to sexual and reproductive health services and attainment of sexual and reproductive rights. It requires effective advocacy and strong political commitment to make gender sensitive provisions and to design the implementing framework.
Date: 
Sat, 03/08/2014
Author/Source: 
Anupa Rijal, Shiva Raj Mishra
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Universal Health Coverage: Beyond Rhetoric

Author/Source: 
Amit Sengupta
Date: 
Thu, 01/09/2014

This paper raises critical questions 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.

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The Current Challenges and Role of PHM in Advocacy of Health for All in Nepal

Tara Ballav adhikari 1 , Shiva Raj Mishra 2

Nepal has passed through series of upheavals. It never had smoother time in history and escaped from engulf of British Empire, fought against patron of Rana rulers and out rooted monarchy. Feudalistic society always dominated the sphere with development being centered. Just the upper class had total control over all the resources, power and politics. Small landlocked country bounded by two powerful nations China and India struggling with each other in global power politics. Nepal always faced the fragile governance. The conflicting interest of two nations to keep control over the surrounding kept the Nepali politics fragile. But we out-rated colonizers even when they were at maximum power. Sometimes power holders come to governance and time ahead they fail thus bringing inconsistent governing system. Thus the class division was a dominant character in nation; upper class leading the nation and lower class striving for the survival. This led to insurgency and class struggle concluding to 10 years long civil war initiated with the issue of addressing the inequalities and uprooting feudal. As its consequence, it formed the constituent assembly and swept away the monarchial system to establish republican system in the year 2006 AD. The situation worsened thanks to unqualified politicians and pertaining international intervention. Notwithstanding, some good thing happened.

Date: 
Sun, 08/04/2013
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PHM-Nepal
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Economic Crisis, Restrictive Policies, and the Population's Health and Health Care: The Greek Case

Date: 
Fri, 04/26/2013

The global economic crisis has affected the Greek economy with unprecedented severity, making Greece an important test of the relationship between socioeconomic determinants and a population’s well-being. Suicide and homicide  mortality rates among men increased by 22.7% and 27.6%, respectively, between 2007 and 2009, and mental disorders, substance abuse, and infectious disease morbidity showed deteriorating trends during 2010 and 2011. Utilization of  public inpatient and primary care services rose by 6.2% and 21.9%, respectively, between 2010 and 2011, while

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Statement on behalf of the People’s Health Assembly in Nottingham July, 2012

Date: 
Thu, 07/19/2012

Our gathering
We, as signatories of this statement, express our protest at the current economic, social & political world order. We stand in solidarity with a global assembly of the People’s Health Movement in Cape Town and share their energy & vision for a better future. We convey our outrage at the remaining inequalities both within and between countries despite previous commitments at the global, national and local levels. We express our support for the People’s Charter for Health and reinforce health as a fundamental human right.

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UK people's Health Assembly
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Humanitarianism ‐ Moving Beyond Medical Rescue to Poverty Reduction, Sustainable Development and Justice?

Date: 
Fri, 10/28/2011

Presentation at the 13th Berlin Humanitarian Congress, Oct 28th 2011

Dr David McCoy, Peoples Health Movement, NHS London, Centre for International Health and Development, University College London

Good morning

It is a real privilege to be able to address this Congress. And my sincere thanks to the organisers of this conference for inviting me to speak here.

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Climate Change and Health

Date: 
Tue, 10/04/2011

Climate change is the largest threat to global health in history. Health systems, on the other hand, exist to promote, protect and improve people’s health, and to prevent and treat disease. As large, resource and energy-intensive organizations that employ many people, health systems produce large amounts of greenhouse gases. Therefore, they contribute to climate change, raising the paradox that, on balance, they may, inadvertently, do people’s health more harm than good in the long term.

 

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David Sanders, Louis Reynolds
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National Health Insurance could improve health, create jobs and mitigate climate change

Date: 
Tue, 10/04/2011

The advent of the National Health Insurance (NHI) scheme opens up a political space to campaign for a health service that will best address South Africa’s health crisis and reduce the extreme inequities between poor and rich, rural and urban, and public sector and private health service users.

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David Sanders, Louis Reynolds
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War and health

Date: 
Mon, 09/26/2011

When I began thinking about this topic and doing my research, I realized that I should be discussing not only about war and health but, more importantly, on the war against the people’s right and access to health.

 

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Benjie Oliveros/Bulatlat
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Background to Current WHO Reform Initiatives and Possible Advocacy Messages

Date: 
Sun, 09/18/2011

WHO is in crisis. It is in debt and its agenda is increasingly dictated by donors rather than member states. The Director General has initiated a reform process which will come to a head in November 2011. There are powerful pressures at work which are directed to restricting WHO to a purely technical role and towards closer relationships ('partnerships') with private corporations and private foundations (in particular the Gates Foundation).

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Gilead grants license to medicines pool, devil is in details

Date: 
Thu, 07/28/2011

Published in SUNS #7195 Thursday 21 July 2011

London/New Delhi, 20 Jul (Sangeeta Shashikant and K. M. Gopakumar) -- There are mixed reactions to the first licensing agreement between Gilead Sciences, one of the world's largest pharmaceutical companies, and the Medicines Patent Pool (MPP), a Swiss foundation, for the production of some HIV/AIDS medicines.

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Sangeeta Shashikant and K. M. Gopakumar / Third World Network
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Most Significant Change - Monitoring empowerment for the right to health

Date: 
Mon, 02/07/2011

 

Stories from the DR Congo, Palestine, the Philippines and Latin America 

See also attachment below: 'Most Significant Change - Monitoring empowerment for the right to health'

 

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Wim De Ceukelaire
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