The Mumbai Declaration
The participants gathered at the III International Forum for the Defence of the People’s Health held in Mumbai on 14th and 15th of January 2004, debated and explored ways to counter the increasing and serious threats to health in the early 21st century. The Mumbai Declaration is a consensus outcome of the complex response that today’s health challenges pose.
The Declaration focus on the key challenges that the people of the world face today in achieving health. It analyses the causes that blocks in meeting the international communities obligation in fulfilling the promise of “Health
The declaration highlights six key challenges.
- End Corporate-led Globalisation
- End war and occupation
- Implement Comprehensive and sustainable Primary Health Care
- Confront the HIV/AIDS epidemic with Primary Health Care and Health Systems approach
- Reverse Environmental damage caused by unsustainable development strategies
- End discrimination in the Right to Health and take measures to stop violence against women
The declaration calls for action at various levels such as the Government, WHO and other UN agencies, International Agencies, International Financial Institutions, NGOs and the people.
The declaration calls on the people to pressurise the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund to acknowledge their culpability in the current health care crisis, especially the damage caused by Structural Adjustment
While noting the ongoing health crisis in Palestine, Iraq and other places devastated by wars, conflicts and sectarian violence, the Mumbai Declaration calls to strengthen the international anti-war movement through building the global campaign: “No to War, No to WTO, Fight for People’s Health”. This campaign was launched in March 2004, a year after the US lead military occupation began in Iraq.