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Stand up, organize and struggle for the right to health

Date: 
Tue, 11/04/2008

Synthesis by Dr. Bert De Belder (intal) of the seminar "30 years of Alma Ata: The Right to Health is not for Sale" on October 17, 2008 in ULB, Brussels, Belgium.*

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Bert De Belder (intal)
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Melamine Contamination Caused by Corporate Greed, Import Liberalization, Gov’t Neglect

Date: 
Sat, 10/04/2008

Two Philippine doctors, one an advocate of community-based health programs and the other a toxicology expert, said that corporate greed, import liberalization, and the lack of priority given by the government to local food production and to ensuring food safety are to be blamed for the entry of melamine-contaminated products in the country.

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Ronalyn V. Olea - Bulatlat
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Commission on Social Determinants of Health: Good Diagnosis – Now for the Prescription….

Date: 
Wed, 09/17/2008

From the media coverage of the report of the Commission on Social Determinants of Health, one might think it said nothing new. There are considerable inequalities in health, particularly between rich and poor. These arise from differences in incomes, access to health services, clean water, sanitation and education. There is a moral imperative to act on this social injustice. All of this could have been said at any time over the last 20 or 30 years.

Author/Source: 
David Woodward
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Philippines: “Who’s Afraid of Drug Price Regulation?” - HEAD

Date: 
Tue, 04/01/2008
Who is afraid of drug price regulation?

Certainly not the patients, who stand to gain much if prices of much-needed medicine are immediately reduced to low, very inexpensive prices. Definitely not the doctors, who will finally see their patients able to comply and adhere to their medical treatment. And absolutely not the general public, who may yet enjoy a better life when even the most essential and life-saving drugs become affordable.

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Health Alliance for Democracy
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Philippines: HEAD on New DOH Order: “Regulating or Legalizing Organ Trade?”

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Mon, 03/31/2008
The much publicized administrative order by the Department of Health allegedly aimed at eradicating the thriving black market of kidney trade may yet result in the exact opposite: the legalization and facilitation of the sale of kidneys and other human organs.

Health Alliance for Democracy (HEAD) warned that this administrative order is a red herring that contains contradictory provisions and paves the way for the virtual legalization of organ trade under the pretext of "management and regulation".

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Health Alliance for Democracy
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Philippines: “Generics-only provision playing into the hands of big pharmas” - HEAD

Date: 
Tue, 03/25/2008
The contentious "generics-only prescribing" provision of the Cheaper Medicine Bill plays right into the hands of big pharmaceutical companies.

The group Health Alliance for Democracy (HEAD) warned that this provision serves only to distract legislators and stakeholders, divert attention from the flaws that need to be addressed, and prevent a thorough discussion of the more salient features of the bill.

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Health Alliance for Democracy
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Civil Society letter to the International Monetary Fund

Date: 
Thu, 09/13/2007

The PHM is strongly supporting a letter opposing the policies of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) that continues to have a harmful role in hindering countries' efforts to increase investments in life-saving health, education, HIV/AIDS and other social programs.

Dear Managing Director,

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PHM Global Secretariat
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Boycott Novartis campaign

Date: 
Sat, 08/25/2007

Drug Action Forum - Karnataka, India - an independent, not for profit, NGO campaigning for rational drugs has launched "Novartis Boycott" campaign.



So please sign the online Petition Against Novartis at

Author/Source: 
Drug Action Forum - Karnataka

The Global Crisis and People’s Health

Date: 
Tue, 08/14/2007

In a forum on The Global Crisis and People’s Health, held in Balay Kalinaw at the University of the Philippines in Diliman last July 31, health activists pointed out that further militarization pose the greatest threat to health and peace.

The month of July ended with news on climate change, war, violence, militarization and emergence of new forms of diseases.

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PHM-Philippines
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Against the privatization of health insurance in Egypt

Date: 
Sun, 06/17/2007

Committee for Defending the Citizens Right to Health (CDCRH) was founded last May by 21 civil society organizations as a reaction to the Prime Minister declaration no. 637 for the year 2007 that has founded the "Egyptian Holding Company for Health Care". The CDCRH hereby announces its position to the people and the press.

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Committee for Defending the Citizens Right to Health (CDCRH)
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Life and Health First

Date: 
Sun, 06/10/2007

"No police nor law can break the will of an entire resolved town to resist until all their forces are drained" (Gandhi)

Author/Source: 
Arturo Quizhpe Peralta

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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Stop Bargaining over Life! - A statement of Korean NGOs on the Common Action Day

In January, the Government of Thailand ordered compulsory license on three pharmaceutical substances including Kaletra (Abbott). Thailand is running 'Thai Program of Universal Subsidized Access to AIDS Treatment' from 2004 and 80 thousand patients are benefited from this program. Drugs for second-line treatment are about 14 times more expensive than the first-line drugs. Thereforesecuring inexpensive second-line drug is essential for the success of this program. If Thailand cannot supply these medicines, many patients would have to die.

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KFHR
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Towards a world convention for R&D?

Interview with Mrs Nicoletta Dentico, DNDi - (Drug for neglected diseases -
http://www.dndi.org)
Member of the Group of Experts on the Intergovernmental Working Group on Public health, Innovation and Intellectual Property (IGWG)
Interview conducted during the 120th meeting of the WHO Executive Board (Jan 22-26) to which N. Dentico and this author participated as civil society observers.
Interview by Garance Upham, Safe Observer International, NGO Forum for Health, PHM Disability and Economics Circle)

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Garance Upham
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To the new leadership of the WHO: A renewed commitment or more empty promises?

Alison Katz, a long-time staff member at the World Health Organization and activist with the People’s Health Movement, sent the open letter below to Dr. Margaret Chan, the new Director-General of WHO. Alison’s letter provides a passionate and articulate summary of the choices facing WHO if it is to meet its promise of "Health for All."

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PHM web editor
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