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Smoke: The Killer in the Kitchen

Every day over 4000 men, women and children in the world's poorest countries die as a result of lethal levels of smoke from indoor cooking fires. Poverty condemns half of the world's population to use wood, dung, charcoal and coal for cooking and heating their homes.

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Practical Action
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Urgent Appeal from the Health Workers in Palestine

We, the Palestinian health providers in the non governmental sector express our deep concern and rage at the rapid deterioration of health conditions, as an outcome of the imposed political and economical sanctions against the fairly elected Palestinian government as many of the international donors decided to stop their financial aid to the PNA. This coincided with Israeli escalations practiced against Palestinian civilians by the non stop intensive artillery shelling, assassinations, massive detentions and strict losures.

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Palestinian health workers in NGOs
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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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Death squads spare no one in the Philippines

Since President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo came to power in 2001, Philippine human rights organizations counted already more than 700 extra-judicial killings. Death squads are targeting progressive activists and leaders of people's organizations but even health workers are not spared. This is the testimony of a staff of one community based health program:

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A Philippine health worker
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People’s Health Movement: One year after the Cuenca Declaration

PHM plans to make yearly updates after each of its people’s health assemblies every five years. PHA II was held in Ecuador a year ago where the Cuenca Declaration was approved unanimously by 1,400 participants. The latter reiterated PHM’s adherence to its People’s Charter for Health (Bangladesh, 2000) and set the course for our movement for the next five years.

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PHM Global Secretariat
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Philippine Health Sector Condemns Attempt on Life of Doctor, Holds Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo Accountable

The health sector under the banner of Health Alliance for Democracy (HEAD) condemns in the strongest terms possible the ambush of Dr. Constancio Claver last July 31, 2006 in Kalinga province by unidentified armed men. The attack killed Dr. Claver's wife, Alice, and seriously injured Dr. Claver himself.

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Health Alliance for Democracy (HEAD)
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This year's Olle Hansson Award to Dr. K Bala

The Olle Hansson Award recognizes the work of individuals from developing countries who have contributed most to promoting the concepts of essential drugs and their rational use and increasing the awareness among consumers of the dangers of irrational and hazardous drugs.

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PHA Exchange

Special issue of "Contact" on People's Health Assembly 2

It is an enormous satisfaction for the People’s Heath Movement (PHM) to present this special issue dedicated to the second People’s Health Assembly (PHA2), held in July 2005 in Cuenca, Ecuador.

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Claudio Schuftan
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