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People's health movement (South Africa) supports the public sector's action

The South African Chapter of the People's Health Movement (PHM) strongly supports the demand by public sector health workers (and workers in other public sectors) for a 12% wage increase. While we urge all parties to respect essential services, we also support industrial action if negotiations fail. In this regard we believe that the largest threat to essential services comes primarily not from the threat of industrial action but from the lack of official respect for, and the poor working conditions of, the workers that render them.

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Dorothy Appalasamy and Louis Reynolds on behalf of the Steering Committee, People's Health Movement, South Africa
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People’s Health in Darfur – Dependent communities

The author wrote this article after having worked for six months as a humanitarian worker in the war-torn region of Darfur, Sudan. At present the international community is debating a possible UN intervention in Sudan. Humanitarian intervention itself, although valid in complex emergencies, has serious side effects and can even leave the community fully dependent on international aid. The article promotes ‘appropriate’ intervention with a focus on individual communities. Besides assisting the affected individuals, communities must be supported in claiming their right to health as part of a larger human rights approach, holding the duty bearers accountable for the violated and neglected health determinants.

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Remco van de Pas, MD
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Intellectual property rules suit the wealthy

Recent media focus on intellectual property rules has led many to believe that the entire debate centers around the issues of piracy of films, videos and DVDs. There is a constant refrain that a watertight regime of intellectual property rules is essential to protect the rights of those who devised, developed and produced innovative goods, be it art or health cures.

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Glenn Ashton
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Zambia scraps healthcare fees for poor rural people

The government of Zambia last week introduced free health care in rural areas. It scrapped the user fees that had made health care largely inaccessible to millions of people living below the poverty line in one of Africa’s poorest countries.

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Peter Moszynski
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Right to Health Campaign in South Africa

PHM would like to invite civil society organizations, interested individuals and groups to participate in discussing the possibility of hosting such a campaign in South Africa. It would also contribute to building civil society for the Third People’s Health Assembly, planned for 2010 at an African venue (to be determined). This edition of Critical Health Perspectives sketches the background to the campaign and some of the thinking behind it.

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Louis Reynolds, Leslie London and David Sanders - People's Health Movement
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