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Nov 15, 2018 - Nov 18, 2018

In the public interest? The role of international health cooperation in strengthening or weakening national health systems. MMI session at the 4th People's Health Assembly

In the public interest? The role of international health cooperation in strengthening or weakening national health systems. MMI session at the 4th People's Health Assembly

Dhaka, 15-19 November 2018. The Fourth People’s Health Assembly (PHA4) will be hosted by the People's Health Movement (PHM) and Gonoshasthaya Kendra (GK) at its campus in Savar, Dhaka.

 

The People's Health Assembly

As on earlier occasions, the Fourth People’s Health Assembly (PHA 4), will draw on civil society organizations and networks, social movements, academia and other  actors from around the globe. PHA4 will provide a unique space for strengthening solidarity, sharing experiences, mutual learning and joint strategizing for future actions. The first PHA was held in Savar, Bangladesh in 2000 and was attended by more than 1500 people. The People’s Charter for Health — the PHM’s founding document — was developed and endorsed at this Assembly. The second Assembly was held in Cuenca, Ecuador in 2005 and attended by 1492 people. The Cuenca Declaration, issued at the conclusion of this Assembly, was designed to provide a strategic vision for PHM. The third Assembly was held in Cape Town, South Africa, in July 2012 and culminated with the adoption of the Cape Town Declaration.

The objectives of PHA4 and associated activities include:

  • To evaluate and critically analyze current processes and policies that impact on health and healthcare at global, regional and local levels;
  • To undertake a collective assessment of PHM’s organizational and programmatic activities and to provide a renewed mandate for the years to come;
  • To enhance the capacity of health civil society activists to engage with and intervene in the policy making process, to monitor and drive policy implementation and to ensure accountability in the functioning of health systems;
  • To foster and support constructive dialogue, planning and mobilization around health and the broader social determinants of health, involving the widest possible range of practitioners; and
  • To  launch renewed sustainable structures and dynamics, both within and outside the health sector, that will continue to drive coordinated action to secure universal and equitable access to health and health care.

Around 1500 participants from across the globe, including a substantial number of young activists, are expected to attend the Assembly, particularly from low and middle income countries. Participants will be mobilized through country and regional mobilization processes leading up to the Assembly. Participants will include representatives of civil society organizations/networks (including non-governmental organization, community-based organizations, trade unions, professional associations, etc.); governments, intergovernmental bodies, academic institutions, and others. The pre-Assembly mobilization process aims to engage civil society especially at the grassroots level.

Learn more about PHA4 here

 

MMI Network: Representation and session at PHA4

Six years ago, the MMI Network contributed to the Third People’s Health Assembly in Cape Town with its workshop "In the public interest? The role of NGOs in national health systems and global health policy". The two sessions on "The challenge of integration" and "NGOs - the good, the bad and the evil?" with contributions by colleagues from ACHAP, Medicus Mundi Catalunya, medico international, CWGH and some external NGO colleagues found great interest.

At the Fourth People’s Health Assembly, the MMI Network and its working group on Effective Health Cooperation will organize, together with Network members and interested external partners, another workshop on international cooperation. We hope and expect to be able to provide again a space for an open debate between NGOs and other social movements, between representatives of the global South and North, about what kind of solidarity, what kind of action and interaction is needed to advance Health for All. Working title of the session: "In the public interest? The role of international health cooperation in strengthening or weakening national health systems".

Some Network members and partners have already confirmed that they are interested to contribute to the planning and implementation of such a workshop.

MMI lead / contacts: Remco van de Pas and Thomas Schwarz
Enquiries: office@medicusmundi.org

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