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Right to Health Platform - Right to Health Care Campaign

10 Jun 2009

The People's Health Movement perspective is Right to Health – Health for All. The Right to Health includes rights to a range of social determinants of health (clean water, food security and nutrition, education, housing, clean and safe environment etc.), as well as, VERY CENTRALLY, the Right to Health Care.


PHM stands committed to promoting a comprehensive Right to Health and supports an ongoing NUMBER of activities in this direction. Many of these activities are in collaboration with the existing campaigns of various partner coalitions and organisations. They include PHM’s WHO Advocacy Circle that lobbies multilateral organizations, the Right to Water Campaign, and PHM’s Research Circle which documents evidence for the effectiveness of comprehensive primary health care strategies.


Within this larger platform of activities, PHM recognises the urgent necessity to address the global health system crisis characterized by weakening public health systems; privatization and promotion of private insurance; failure to implement Comprehensive Primary Health Care; unresponsive, fragmented and often donor-driven health programmes; and a shortage of health care personnel . All THESE FACTORS lead to the denial of quality health care for a large proportion of the world’s population.


PHM has initiated a Global Right to Health Care (RTHC) Campaign to be developed in collaboration with various networks, coalitions and organisations sharing a similar perspective. This campaign will document violations of health rights, present country level assessments of the right to health care and advocate for fulfillment of commitments to the right to health care at the national, regional and global levels.


The Right to Health Care campaign has three phases of action.


A. Phase I. Production of diagnostic assessment reports on the RTHC in 20+ countries:

1. PHM country circles or affiliated groups WILL use assessment guide to produce reports with some consistency and comparability. (See the overview of the Assessment Guide overleaf and the full document at

a. All country reports will address health care systems AND can also look at other health determinants of concern.

b. THE assessment guide can be used in different ways in countries with different capacities, e.g. it can be adapted by national campaigns to facilitate inclusion of lower literacy groups, or can be used in its original version by grassroots groups with higher literacy.

c. Going through the assessment process leads to understanding the human rights-based FRAMEWORK that can later be applied to other issues.

2. Process of investigation and report preparation. THE PROCESS

a. should include diverse related sectors in the country, not limited to a particular sector or political tendency.

b. should aim to build the PHM country network, and provide an opportunity for in-country coalition-building and BENEFICIARIES’ ownership of the campaign process.

c. WILL lead to the creation of lobbying/activism strategies/plans that PHM circles AND/or affiliates can implement at the national level immediately after the assessment is completed.


B. Phase II. Regional Assemblies:

1. Participating country circles, and regional and global strategic allies (such as supportive health ministers, World Health Organization HQ and regional staff, policy makers, funders) will meet in several regional assemblies

a. to share results of assessments and action plans

b. to enable A dialogue between PHM and partners with the national health policy makers on implementation of health rights and related health system improvements.

c. to discuss and AGREE on recommendations for how THE PHM global SECRETARIAT and allies can support national demands for compliance with RTHC commitments, for example, via action at WHO or other multilateral institutions, or international solidarity activities.


C. Phase III. GLOBAL EXPANSION: Beginning at THE World Health Assembly 2010 and thereafter

1. IMPLEMENT Phase II conclusions AND RECOMMENDATIONS as planned

2. Could include DRAFTING AND submission of time-bound RESOLUTION(S) on health rights FOR DISCUSSION/ADOPTION in the World Health Assembly (supported by sympathetic governments)


For more information or to get involved, contact: [email protected]

Claudio Schuftan
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