267884 Third People's Health Assembly: International Activism for Health For All

Monday, October 29, 2012 : 3:30 PM - 3:45 PM

Michael Terry , Highland Hospital Emergency Department, Alameda County Medical Center, Oakland, CA
Matthew Anderson, MD, MS , Department of Family and Social Medicine, Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, NY
C. Lanny Smith, MD, MPH, DTM&H , Depts of Medicine and Family and Social Medicine, Montefiore Medical Center, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, NY
This session will review the state of international health activism in support of “Health for All” by examining the third People's Health Assembly (PHA3) to be held in July 2012 in Capetown, South Africa. PHA3 is organized by the People's Health Movement, a movement founded in 2000 to pursue the goal of “Health for All.” The Assembly brings together a diverse group of civil society organizations and networks, social movements, academics, activists and other stakeholders from around the globe. Delegates are charged with mapping out PHM's strategy over the next five years in a final “Call for Action.” The debates on this strategy will benefit from the rich diversity of international experiences represented at the Assembly. Direct action characterized health activism in many countries in 2011; this was seen in protests by Greek doctors against austerity and in marches for universal health care on Wall Street. In Latin America many social movements have gained positions of political power; the Bolivian constitution was built around the concept of sumak kawsay (living well) while former FMLN guerrillas have designed a new health care system. Other activists have introduced democratic reforms such as the extensive Community Based Monitoring (CBM) program in India. The legal system has been an effective means of bringing about health care reform; in Colombia a Supreme Court decision mandated government reform of the health care law. These and related experiences will shape the final PHA3 “Call for Action” and will be discussed in this session.

Learning Areas:
Advocacy for health and health education
Systems thinking models (conceptual and theoretical models), applications related to public health

Learning Objectives:
Describe and assess various contemporary approaches to progressive health activism

Keywords: Advocacy, International

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am part of the planning committee for the PHA3 and will attend the conference
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.