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PHM Right to Health Care Campaign Update - September 2007

30 Sep 2007

September 2007 Update

In this update:
1. If you want funding from the global campaign…
2. Local fundraising ideas
3. New financial support for the campaign
4. Campaign Assessment Guide Now Available in French
5. Discussion group "Together for Equity and Health"
6. Update on Campaign organizers
7. Sign up for the listserve
8. Country news

1. If you want to receive funds

We have funds to give to PHM country circles to carry out the campaign. To
receive these funds a country circle must meet certain criteria to ensure that
there is a structure in place to use the funds effectively and to account for
the use of the funds. These criteria are:

A. A PHM circle must be formed, if there isn't one in the country already.
The country circle is composed of individuals and organizations that endorse the
People's Charter for Health and operate under its principles.
The country circle can undertake any activities it wants to, one of the possible
activities being the Right to Health Care Campaign.

B. A committee to carry out the campaign must be formed.

C. The committee must have the participation of at least 3 different

D. The committee must have at least 2 meetings in different parts of the country
to present the concept of the campaign and enlist participation from groups and     individuals.

E. The committee must select (through some kind of open process) one person to
be the main country contact for the campaign. The role of this person is to
facilitate communication between the global coordinators and the local campaign
and to get people and organizations involved.

F. The committee must select (through some kind of open process) one
organization that will serve as the fiscal sponsor for the campaign in that
country. This organization will receive and distribute the campaign funds and be
responsible for the accounting requirements we must maintain.

G. You must report to the global coordinating group what you have done; who the
participating organizations and individuals are; who the country contact is
(including full name, address, phone number and email); and which organization
will be the fiscal sponsor (including full name, address, phone number, email,
bank account information, and the names of the director and contact person in
that organization).

Funds will be distributed on a "first come, first served" basis - those circles
that meet the above criteria will receive funds until they are used up. It is
important to note that the amount given out will be small and that each country
will have to do some of its own fund raising in order to carry out all the
activities it would like to do. (Please see the "Local fundraising" section
below.) Participants should be aware that the first amount of money will be
given to carry out the initial mobilization and assessment. We are reserving
some funds to be distributed later for country strategy meetings and Phase 2. If
we receive more grants, we will have more support to give.

All committees must meet these requirements to receive funds.
Well-established PHM circles are not exempt.

2. Local Fundraising Ideas

There are many ways local or national campaign committees may be able to raise
funds or stretch the funds they have. Some ideas:
Grant money may be available from national foundations. Some international funders have interests in particular countries. You can find out about these
grantmakers by doing research on the internet. Let us know if you need help with
the research. Once potential funders have been identified, we can help you write
the grant if you need that kind of assistance.
Ask for donations from sympathetic people who have some money to give away to
people doing good work. Not all people who have money are against our goals.        

       - Don't be afraid - the worst they can say is "no".

Hold a benefit party or dance. You can charge admission, sell food and drinks,
and pass the hat after you tell the guests about the campaign.
-Include the local offices of international health and human rights organizations
on the campaign committee. They may have resources they can contribute such as
meeting space, office supplies, and computers.

If your committee has a fundraising event that works well, please share it with

3. New funding awarded to the campaign

We'd like to thank Diakonisches Werk / Bread for the World and Misereor for
their generous grant to PHM to launch the campaign in 4 Asian and 3 North
African/ Middle Eastern countries.

4. Campaign Assessment Guide Now Available in French

Thanks to the contributions of Aziz Rhali in Morocco, Cristianne Rocha in
Brazil, and Pacome Tometissi in Benin, the campaign assessment guide is now
available for download in French at
There are also versions in English, Spanish, and Portuguese.

5. Discussion Group "Together for Equity and Health"

Folks working on the campaign in Latin America should join this new discussion
group on Google that is going to serve as the central point of support and
coordination of the campaign in LA. It was formed as one of the outcomes of a
workshop at the Congreso Salvador 2007 organized by INICIATIVA HONDUREÑA POR EL

After pre-conference discussions and the workshop at the conference, the
participants agreed to support the campaign, along with other related ongoing
efforts, and many of them have returned to initiate the campaign in their home
countries. The group will help to find and share resources like educational
materials in Spanish and Portuguese, develop and share curricula for training
people on topics related to the campaign, share experiences of how to utilize
the guide, and help to coordinate later regional activities.

To sign up go to
Click on "Send email to the owner" to send an email asking to be subscribed. You
will also need a Google account.

The global coordinators would like to thank the workshop and discussion group
organizers for the support they have offered us.

6. Update on Campaign Organizers

In previous communication about the campaign we have discussed the idea of using
campaign organizers to visit countries to support their campaign efforts. Thanks
to everyone who was interested and sent us all your information. As the campaign
has developed, particularly in Latin American, we have reexamined this strategy.
Via the discussion group described above, campaign participants will be able to
decide what kind of support they need and how to get it. We will resolve these
needs as they arise in a more collective fashion within the region. We hope this
new structure will encourage the development of regional leadership.

In Africa, several campaign leaders will be attending the upcoming International
People's Health University in Savar, Bangladesh (see
At the IPHU we will discuss how to best support the country level campaigns in
Africa and what kind of regional support and coordination mechanisms might be
most effective. These leaders may be called upon to travel to assist other
countries' campaign organizing efforts in the future, but we will make these
decisions together with the regional campaign participants. We will keep you
updated on any developments. If you have any suggestions please let us know.

7. Stay in touch with PHM

To stay on top of what is going on in PHM and global health, sign up for the
main PHM listserve, the PHA-Exchange at
This is principally an English language list.

For Spanish and Portuguese speakers, you can sign up for the Redlatinoamericana

For RTHHC Campaign support in Latin America, join the [email protected] por la Equidad y
Salud discussion group at
From there send an email by clicking on "Send email to the owner". You will have
to sign up for a Google account.

8. Country news

Here are just a few examples of campaign activities going on around the world.
Send us photos and reports about your campaign and we will share them via this
newsletter and the website.

    On August 11-12, 2007
PHM Argentina held its first national meeting. About 100
people attended and agreed to implement the campaign. PHM Argentina has an email
group at

In Ecuador several RTH Campaign workshops are taking place in different
cities. Several committees are working on different items related to the right
to health in the context of the new draft constitution. A very progressive
statement has been included in the constitution draft proposal.

From the The Cape Argus, Cape Town, South Africa, September 09, 2007:

Sporting placards reading "SA Health Crisis is bigger than Manto vs Routledge",
"Public Health before Private Wealth" and "Health for all NOW", hundreds of
people marched through Site C, Khayelitsha, on September 8, 2007 to mark the
launch of the People's Health Movement's Right to Health Campaign in South
Africa. Leslie London, head of family health at the University of Cape Town and
one of the movement's organisers, said the movement aimed to change current
approaches to health and development in poorer countries. "This is not just an
organisation, it's a network. The movement is a united front to fight the
government for proper health-care facilities, proper medication, more staff at
health-care facilities and a healthier living environment." London said South
Africa needed a "strong, local and independent" civil group to hold the
government accountable for their actions."There are policies in place, but they
are nothing if we don't understand them and if they are not implemented
correctly," he said.

The PHM South Africa consists of local organisations including the Treatment
Action Campaign, The Girl Child Organisation, Cosatu, the South African
Democratic Nurses' Union and community churches For more information about PHM
in South Africa, see

During the month of September the Uruguayan campaign has held over 15 local
meetings in different regions of the country and 1 regional health forum. Over
630 people have participated and the events have been covered by local media.
The meeting begin discussions on themes that will be brought up to the National
Forum on Health in November: the right to health, the national health system
reform, sexual and reproductive health, and the environment and health.
Participants have engaged in a very high level of discussion and often leave
with a commitment to continue local organizing and to outreach to other
communities. A major concern is to improve the health system characterized by
inequity and inaccessibility, particularly in small rural communities.

The global coordinators are actively following all leads from interested groups
in over 20 countries. We are encouraging local groups to go from manifesting an
interest to getting organized. The assessment phase of the campaign is in full
swing and we are ready to provide the needed support. We encourage anyone
interested to join by following the steps above. To those already engaged, we
pledge to keep working with you on the campaign.

Laura Turiano
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