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It is time again to give an update where the campaign has gone since the beginning of the year. Several countries have joined or are in the process of joining the campaign*: Kenya, Uganda, Morocco, Argentina, Brasil, Ecuador, Colombia, Philippines, Bangladesh, Nepal and Pakistan. Other countries have already submitted their plans and expect to start soon*: Gabon, Senegal and Djibouti. Some countries have an ongoing campaign*: Burkina Faso, South Africa, Mali, Guatemala and India. Some...
This civil society report on the right to the highest attainable standard of health in the United Kingdom (UK) has been coordinated by the People¹s Health Movement-UK, in association with Medact and Doctors for Human Rights. The report is a response to the UK's Fifth Report under the International Covenant of  Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. It draws upon the guidance provided by the Committee¹s General Comment 14 on the Right to the Highest Attainable Standard of Health, especially...
The Health Rights of Women Assessment Instrument, in short HeRWAI. is a newly developed, practical tool for organizations that want to bring a human rights approach into practice. Through a HeRWAI analysis, organizations can explore the impact of a policy is in terms of women's health rights and build up arguments to improve the policy. The analysis includes local, national and international influences and is based on the norms set by Convention on the Elimintation of All Forms of...
HeRWAI is a strategic tool to enhance lobbying activities for better implementation of women's health rights. A HeRWAI analysis links what actually happens with what should happen according to the human rights obligations of a country. More information and downloads on http://www.humanrightsimpact.org/themes/womens-human-rights/herwai/herwai-home/
This past week, the People’s Health Movement and Oxfam International participated in two Washington, DC events focusing on how beltway institutions like the World Bank, the International Finance Corporation (IFC, the private sector arm of the World Bank), USAID, etc., promote involvement of the private sector as the key to scaling up health care. The occasion was the release of the Oxfam briefing paper Blind Optimism: Challenging the myths about private health care in poor countries and...
Country updates We have significantly advanced in the campaign's expansion since our last update in May. We now have active, funded campaigns in Guatemala, Uruguay, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Congo, Benin, Burkina Faso, Togo and Cameroun. These countries have already sent in their campaign reports (except DRC doing it shortly). Moreover, India, Ecuador, Zimbabwe and South Africa are involved in the campaign without receiving our funding. We are in advanced negotiations to launch...
People’s Health Movement USA will be launching the Global Health Watch in several US cities this winter. Launches are currently being planned for Washington, D.C., Boston, Seattle, San Francisco, Iowa City, and Madison, WI. If you would like to help with one of these events, or organize an event in your own city, please send the following information to [email protected]: Name City, State Institutional Affiliation, if any What would you be interested in helping with? We...
On Thursday September 4th, 2008 the Egyptian Administrative Court has announced its verdict in the urgent appeal of the case no. 21665/61 by suspending the execution of the Prime Minister decree no. 637 for the year 2007 by founding the Egyptian Holding Company for Heath Care. This decree was regarded by the Egyptian National Committee on the Right to Health as one of the three major axis of privatization. The decree transfers all the assets of the non-for profit health insurance...
PHM Position Paper on Health in Zimbabwe, posted 14 June 2008. Includes more detailed analysis of the socio-economic background; the main current issues; the role of the state and recommendations from the Community Working Group on Health. 1. Socio-economic background At Independence in 1980, Zimbabwe inherited some of the worst rural-urban disparities in the provision of social services. In the 1980s, the new national government made commendable progress in redressing these...
23rd April 2008 turned into the Black Wednesday. At Venkatapuram village and Pennaloorpettai of the Thiruvallur district, four Dalit children died shortly after vaccination. The children were given injection for immunization against measles at the weekly camp for Immunization Program. They, however, resulted to be suffered spasms, and frothing at their mouths. The victimized children were buried without proper autopsy. The Tamil Nadu Government immediately suspended Village Health Nurse...

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