PHM East Africa: Kampala Call to Action

31 Oct 2013


Kampala Call to Action - CLICK HERE for the pdf version.


We, the PHM delegates from Burundi, Djibouti, Kenya, Rwanda, Somalia, Tanzania and Uganda, assembled in Kampala for the first PHM East Africa regional meeting, do hereby reaffirm our commitment to the People’s Charter for Health, the Cape Town Call to Action endorsed at the third People’s Health Assembly (PHA3) and the East and Southern Africa PHM statement. With the principles and progressive agendas of these documents in mind, we commit ourselves to this Kampala Call to Action, to contextualize the global PHM programme and to guide our work in East Africa until the fourth People’s Health Assembly.


We have examined people’s health needs and priorities and the social, political and economic determinants of health in the East and Horn of Africa region. Access to affordable medicines and high-quality health care is necessary to achieve a high standard of health and wellbeing for the people of East Africa. This basic right is undermined by factors related to food production, trade, distribution and sovereignty; inadequate housing; gender-based violence and discrimination; war and inadequate peace and security; extractive and exploitive industries; weak or poor governance; and policies that do not support local employment, fair taxation and equitable public health services.

Keeping this analysis in mind, we find that our work to achieve health for all – now – for our communities can be more powerful through regional coordination, synergy and collaboration among health activists across the region. The actions of the PHM country circles will continue to grow. By sharing lessons and experiences, and supporting the PHM work of our sisters and brothers across the countries of East and Horn of Africa, we will accelerate the achievement of a rightful, decent and sustainable standard of health for our populations.

What is to be done

Adopting the concept of “think globally – act locally”, we will ensure that the work of PHM in our country circles and in the East African region is aligned with local needs and priorities for our communities’ health as well as with PHM global initiatives. Specifically, we will do the following at the country and regional levels.

PHM country circle action plans

Each of our PHM country circles has already developed and shared an action plan for the next two years, and those will be developed further. The primary themes of our action plans are as follows:

·         Health for All (through Health in All Policies and other approaches);

·         Health rights education and awareness, particularly at the grassroots level;

·         Advocacy for health financing, provision of healthcare services, and prevention and control of HIV/AIDS, and other communicable/non-communicable diseases;

·         Mass mobilization for people’s health, including work towards the global week of action in 2015 and an International People’s Health University in our region; and

·         Networking and coalition building to strengthen PHM country circles.



We will use our action plans to guide our collaborations and in our next meeting we will demonstrate that we as PHM have walked the talk.

PHM East African regional plan

PHM East Africa will be coordinated by a regional coordinating committee, composed of representatives from each of the PHM country circles. A regional plan will be shared and updated, jointly owned and managed by the PHM country circles through the coordinating committee.

The regional plan will be informed by and inform the work of PHM country circles, and enhance the links to PHM global initiatives, such as the following:

·         International People’s Health University (both short face-to-face courses and online courses)

·         Global Health Watch

·         WHO Watch and WHO/AFRO Watch

·         the PHM-Exchange network and other communications channels

·         People’s Health Assembly (PHA4)

·         Health for All – The Campaign, and its campaign circles.


Through these regional and global efforts, the coordinating committee will work with active PHM country circles to facilitate the development of new and emerging country circles, in both East Africa and the Horn of Africa. In the future, a sub-regional Horn of Africa grouping may form separately from the East Africa grouping; the PHM country circles and regions will continue to work together.


The coordinating committee will undertake regular Monitoring & Evaluation of the regional plan, and will support semi-annual reporting and other, periodic communications of the work of PHM in the region. The committee will also coordinate meetings of PHM East Africa members, virtually or among participants at health conferences; support resource mobilization for PHM country circles, when possible, as well as cross-regional collaboration with other PHM circles, particularly in Africa.



We resolve to facilitate the development of a strong, inclusive movement for people’s health across the East and Horn of Africa in collaboration with other progressive civil society networks and social movements, and we envision that the strength of our movement will be reflected in our work for people’s health locally in our countries and region, as well as our contributions to PHM globally.

We look forward to the emergence of PHM circles in other countries of East and Horn of Africa, such as South Sudan, Eritrea and Ethiopia. We will support the initiation and further strengthening of PHM circles in all countries of the region, and commit ourselves to sharing experiences, best practices, networks and other resources to develop strong movements across our region.


In commitment to this Kampala Call to Action, we the PHM delegates of countries in East and Horn of Africa have signed our names below, this 30th day of October 2013.


En accord avec cet appel a l’action de Kampala, nous les representants de PHM des pays de l’Afrique de l’Est et de la corne de l’Afrique, avons signes sous nos noms en bas, ce 30 Octobre 2013.


Burundi                                                                        Djibouti





Rwanda                                                                        Tanzania                                                      Somalia





Kenya                                                                            Uganda




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