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(Press Release - May 19, 2009) WHA 2009: PHM statements on key health issues

WHA 2009: PHM statements on key health issues - May 19, 2009

On recession and impact on health:

  1. “Declare Global economic downturn a health disaster!”.
  2. Economic Recession is a threat to the world’s health
  3. The PHM demands immediate measures by the international community and individual governments:

Press Release: IGM on Pandemic Influenza Preparedness fails to resolve critical elements

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Mon, 05/18/2009

Third World Network

PRESS RELEASE: IGM on Pandemic Influenza Preparedness fails to resolve critical elements

18 May 2009

Governments at the World Health Organisation have failed to agree on a framework that guarantees affected countries access to affordable anti-virals and vaccines during a pandemic, and access to the technology and know-how needed to build research, development and production capacity.

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Third World Network

PHM Calls Upon the 62nd Assembly to Act Decisively

The People’s Health Movement (PHM) is a world wide movement of people’s organizations, non-governmental organizations, academic institutions and wide range of civil society networks and social movements. The PHM was launched as a result of the People’s Health Assembly that was convened in December 2000 in Bangladesh.

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Health groups: Defend affordable drug treatment in India

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Tue, 01/27/2009

Bayer sues Indian Government to retain monopoly rights / International coalition demands protection of generic pharmaceuticals

Health groups call on German drugmaker Bayer to cancel the suit against the Indian government and domestic drug company Cipla in order to protect affordable drug treatment. The organizations fear that the fate of generics in India may hinge on this case and that thousands of Indians will die without affordable pharmaceuticals.

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Health Action International Asia Pacific (HAIAP), Peoples Health Movement - India, Coalition against Bayer Dangers (Germany)
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Health and human security in West Papua

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Fri, 12/26/2008

Recent publications have highlighted the impact of human rights violations, poverty and extraction of natural resources on the health status of the indigenous people of West Papua. However, the Australian medical literature has so far remained silent on this issue.

Long-standing allegations of violence being perpetrated against Papuan civil society are supported by accounts given by West Papuan refugees involved in an Australian-based study.

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Susan J Rees, Remco van de Pas, Derrick Silove and Moses Kareth
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Egypt: Launching the Global Health Watch 2

15-16 December 2008, The Arab Scout Center, Cairo, Egypt

The PHM Global Secretariat, in collaboration with the Environment and Development Program of the Association for Health and Environmental Development (AHED), has organized a 2-days seminar on the Social and Environmental Determinants of Health in which the Global Secretariat has launched the Second Global Health Watch (GHW2) in Cairo.

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South Africa: Launching the Global Health Watch 2

12 November 2008, Center of the Book, Cape Town, South Africa

The launch was chaired by Marian Jacobs; Molefi Sefularo, the Deputy Minister of Health gave an opening speech; Fran Baum spoke on the report of the Commission on Social Determinants of Health; David Sanders gave an overview of GHW2 and Ncwame Cedile spoke about PHM South Africa.

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Brazil: Launching the Global Health Watch 2

A special programme for launching of the Global Health Watch Report was organized on 7th November 2008 in the 54th Main Book Fair in Porto Alegre. The presentations were jointly organized by the School of Public Health of Rio Grande do Sul and other members of the PHM-Brazil, including the organisations such as: GAPA (AIDS Support and Prevention Group) and ABRASBUCO (Brazilian Association of Collective Oral Health). This was the first time an activity about the Watch took place in Brazil.

 

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India: Launching the Global Health Watch 2

Program for launching of Global Health Watch 2 Report was organized on 6th Nov. in Gandhi Medical Collage, Bhopal, MP. Program is jointly organized by Community Medicine Department, GMC, Bhopal and Jan Swasthya Abhiyan (PHM-India).

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Zimbabwe: Launching the Global Health Watch 2

22 October 2008, Harare, Zimbabwe

The Global Health Watch 2 was launched in Harare during the Community Working Group on Health (CWGH) Conference and 10th Anniversary Commemorations that were held from 22 to 24 October 2008.

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India: Launching the Global Health Watch 2

16 October 2008, St. John's Medical College, Bangalore, India

Prof. Ron Labonte, Canada did the honours. The session was inaugurated by the Director of St. John's National Academy of Health Sciences. There were around 150 participants (30 - 40 medical students and some staff and a number of NGOs and some social activists from Bangalore). There were also participants from Pakistan, Bangladesh, Iran and other parts of India who were participating in the first Teasdale Corti Asian Research Training Workshop.

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UK: Launching the Global Health Watch 2

16 October 2008, Wilkins Jeremy Bentham Meeting Room, London, UK

Around 200 persons participated in the launch representing a mix of NGOs, academics and students.

David McCoy (UK) gave a presentation in which he introduced the content of GHW2 and contextualized the global health scene.

Dr Chandra (India) shared the conditions in India and globally. He focused on the implications of policies of the World Bank and IMF on people's health. The session was successfully chaired by Antony Costello.

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Ecuador: Launching the Global Health Watch 2

15-16 October 2008, Andina University, Quito, Ecuador

THE RIGHT TO HEALTH in the New Ecuadorian Constitution: Successes, challenges and future perspectives

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Sri Lanka: Launching the Global Health Watch 2

The Global Health Watch 2 (GHW2), an alternative to the World Health Report, was launched on 19 November 2008 at 1000hrs at the Nagarodaya Centre in Colombo by the People's Health Movement, Sri Lanka, an umbrella organization of 23 grass root health activists groups. Over 100 participants from these groups attended.

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“To promote the spirit of Alma Ata, conditions are better than ever”

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Wed, 11/05/2008

The 30th anniversary of the 1978 Alma Ata Declaration was marked by a celebration in Brussels on October 17, 2008. During the program, two PHM activists were interviewed on the significance of Alma Ata and the way forward in the struggle for the right to health. Here are some excerpts from this interview with Arturo Quizhpe from Ecuador and Wim De Ceukelaire from Belgium.

What do you remember from Alma Ata and how did you learn about it?

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