In the beginning, there were thousands of people across the world working very hard in big and little ways to promote the dream of a world where a healthy life is a reality for all. In the optimistic, joyous, compassionate 1970’s it seemed that this would be possible. And was not the Alma Ata Declaration signed by 134 governments in 1978? Did not the declaration promise Health For All by 2000? When the millennium edged closer and equitable health policy was still nowhere the optimists did not give up. They knew that the Third World had been plunged into debt and health care was in danger of complete privatization. To remind the world of the commitment made in more hopeful times the optimists came together in solidarity.
The People’s Health Movement (PHM)
PHM is a global network bringing together health activists from around the world to exchange and works towards a world where ‘Health for All’ is a reality
Equity, ecologically‐sustainable development and peace are at the heart of our vision of a better world ‐ a world in which a healthy life for all is a reality; a world that respects, appreciates and celebrates all life and diversity; a world that enables the flowering of people's talents and abilities to enrich each other; a world in which people's voices guide the decisions that shape our lives.
PHM stands for togetherness, Ubuntu, community and solidarity. PHM is about finding solutions together and sharing stories, experiences and ideas to achieve health for all. It is about linking local with global and stands for one world where everybody has the opportunity to live a decent and healthy life.