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Open Letter to WHO DG Margaret Chan from Drug Action Forum – Karnataka

Date: 
Tue, 09/02/2008

Drug Action Forum - Karnataka is part of Janarogya Andolan Karnataka (a state unit of People's Health Movement), member of AIDAN (All India Drug Action Network http://aidanindia.org/) and HAIAP (Health Action International Asia Pacific www.haiap.org).

Drug Action Forum - Karnataka is a registered, not for profit and independent organisation campaigning for Rational use Drugs and Vaccines.

2nd September 2008

OPEN LETTER TO DG FROM DAF-K

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Drug Action Forum – Karnataka
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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.

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David Woodward
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Dr. Halfdan Mahler's message to the People's Health Movement

At the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the 1978 Alma Ata Conference, Dr. Halfdan Mahler, who used to be the WHO director general at that time, talks about his love affair with the People's Health Movement. (Photo: WHO/Peter Williams)

Subtitles are available in Spanish and Arabic.

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Health in Zimbabwe: a Position Paper

The Community Working Group on Health and PHM Zimbabwe posted their analysis of health issues in Zimbabwe. The position paper includes more detailed analysis of the socio-economic background; the main current issues; the role of the state and some specific recommendations towards the realization of the right to health.

Health in Zimbabwe: PHM Zimbabwe Position Paper June 2008

 

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Dr. Halfdan Mahler's message to the People's Health Movement

Date: 
Mon, 06/09/2008

At the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the 1978 Alma Ata Conference, Dr. Halfdan Mahler, who used to be the WHO director general at that time, talks about his love affair with the People's Health Movement.

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PHM global secretariat
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WHO: WHA strengthens WHO's mandate on IP and Health

Date: 
Sun, 05/25/2008
Geneva, 25 May (Sangeeta Shashikant) -- The highlight of the 61st World Health Assembly was the adoption of a resolution that strengthens the mandate of the WHO to undertake work on the inter-related issues of public heath, intellectual property, innovation and access to medicines.

The resolution, adopted at the end of the WHA during the plenary session, last Saturday afternoon, covers the Global Strategy (GS) and agreed parts of the Plan of Action (POA) on Public Health, Innovation & Intellectual Property.

Author/Source: 
Sangeeta Shashikant
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WHO: Secretariat's publications policy questioned at Board meeting

Date: 
Fri, 05/30/2008

Geneva, 29 May (Sangeeta Shashikant) -- Both developed and developing countries vigorously questioned the WHO Secretariat during the WHO's Executive Board meeting on 26 May on its publications policy and called for further discussion on the matter.

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Sangeeta Shashikant
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Meeting on the CSO contribution to the 61st World Health Assembly

Date: 
Tue, 06/03/2008

Prior to the 61st World Health Assembly (WHA), the Third World Network (TWN) in collaboration with the People's Health Movement (PHM) and Health Action International (HAI) called for a civil society meeting. The meeting was held in Geneva on Sunday 18th May and discussed the civil society contribution during the 61st (19-24 May 2008).
The workshop was participated by around 50 participants from civil society organizations/networks, academic institutions and few official representatives. The discussions can be concluded as follows:

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PHM secretariat
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Civil Society Letter to Dr. Margaret Chan, Director General of the World Health Organisation regarding WHO's publications polic

Date: 
Tue, 05/27/2008
Dr. Margaret Chan, Director General
World Health Organisation
Avenue Appia 20

CH - 1211 Geneva 27

15 May 2008

Concerns Regarding WHO's publications policy

Dear Dr. Margaret Chan

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Primary Health Care remains the Best Tool to Achieve “Health for All” -- Interim Position of the People’s Health Movement

Date: 
Tue, 05/20/2008
The comprehensive Primary Health Care (PHC) approach articulated at Alma Ata remains as relevant today as it was 30 years ago. It was never really implemented to reflect its true spirit, i.e., the basic intent of the Alma Ata Declaration which highlighted the need for a new international economic order to ultimately solve inequities in health. A PHC policy for 2008 and beyond needs renewed commitment, which, while affirming the fundamental positions of thirty years back, also takes into account the new realities of this age.

Author/Source: 
People's Health Movement
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WHO stung by delegates’ criticisms

Date: 
Sat, 05/19/2007

The World Health Organisation system was shaken up during the World Health Assembly in the past week over the way that the Secretariat has been dealing with the issue of intellectual property and its link to access to medicines.

Widespread and sharp criticisms from some member states as well as health-related NGOs were made on several aspects of how senior officials of the WHO have either recently neglected the traditional priority given by the WHO to public health over patents on drugs, and how the WHO system has operated in a biased way to the detriment of developing countries.

Author/Source: 
Martin Khor
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Health: WHO admits patents taken on avian flu virus

Date: 
Wed, 05/16/2007

Patents have been taken on the avian influenza virus, and WHO Collaborating Centres have also entered into Material Transfer Agreements with vaccine manufacturers. This was admitted by the World Health Organisation's most senior official dealing with avian flu, in response to questions during a WHO technical briefing session on avian influenza at the World Health Assembly.

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Martin Khor
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Call for WHO to investigate Iraq War: Break the Silence demands PHM!

The People’s Health Movement has called upon the WHO to break its silence on the growing number of casualties and collapse of public health systems in Iraq due to the US occupation.

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PHM

PHM calls on WHO to recommit to ‘Health for All’

The People's Health Movement (PHM), a global coalition of health activists, has welcomed the World Health Organization’s (WHO) renewed focus on primary health care (PHC) and called on it to again pursue the goal of ‘Health for All’ as described in the 1978 Declaration of Alma Ata.

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PHM
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WHA must establish Fair Framework for Sharing of Virus Samples as well as Vaccines

Date: 
Sun, 05/13/2007

We the civil society organizations listed below call on member states of the World Health Assembly (WHA) as well as the WHO Secretariat to establish a fair and transparent mechanism and framework to govern the sharing of virus samples as well as the equitable distribution of vaccines and medical products relating to the avian influenza.

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PHM
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