PHM letter to the members of the Executive Board of WHO Jan 2011

Issues for consideration at the WHO Executive Board

Distinguished members of the Executive Board of WHO,

On behalf of the People’s Health Movement and a number of affiliated networks I submit the comments and suggestions included below regarding some of the items appearing on the agenda of the WHO Executive Board. We hope that you may find time to read and consider these comments before the relevant discussions at the EB. We hope that you find them useful.

MSF: Ten Stories That Mattered in Access to Medicines in 2010

Among the positive stories of 2010 - two crucial new medical tools could benefit people in developing countries:  a new vaccine could prevent the worst meningitis epidemics in Africa if there is political will to vaccinate broadly in all 25 affected countries, and a new test for tuberculosis could improve diagnosis, while reducing the time it takes to detect drug-resistant forms of the disease from nearly three months to less than two hours.

Jan Swasthya Abhiyan (People's Health Movement India) statement on Binayak Sen's life imprisonment

Dr Sen has an illustrious record of over 25 years of selfless public service in areas of health and human rights. He has been an active member and former convenor of the Medico Friend Circle, a national organization of health professionals working towards an alternative health system responsive to the needs of the poor. He has been closely associated with the Jan Swasthya Abhiyan, the Indian chapter of the People’s Health Movement. In recognition of his work, the Christian Medical College, Vellore conferred on him the Paul Harrison Award in 2004, which is the highest award given to an alumnus for distinguished service in rural areas. He continues to be an inspiration to successive generations of students and faculty. Many of his articles based on his work have been internationally appreciated. His indictment under the draconian and undemocratic Chhattisgarh Special Public Security Act, 2006, and the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967 is utterly condemnable.

Fidel Castro on cholera epidemic in Haiti

Fidel Castro comments on the Cholera Epidemic and the politics of UN Mission in Haiti. 


MINUSTAH and the Epidemic: Cholera in Haiti

About three weeks ago news and photos were published showing Haitian citizens throwing stones and protesting in indignation against the forces of MINUSTAH, accusing it of having transmitted cholera to that country by way of a Nepalese soldier.

WHO The world health report - Health systems financing: the path to universal coverage

“…..The objective was to transform the evidence, gathered from studies in a diversity of settings, into a menu of options for raising sufficient resources and removing financial barriers to access, especially for the poor. As indicated by the subtitle, the emphasis is firmly placed on moving towards universal coverage, a goal currently at the centre of debates about health service provision. 

Haiti cholera outbreak response 'inadequate', says MSF

It called for swift action to build latrines, provide safe water supplies, remove bodies and reassure frightened people that the disease is treatable.
The UN has called for an end to the riots which have followed the outbreak.
Edmond Mulet, the head of the UN mission in Haiti, said violent protests by people who blame peacekeepers for the spread of the disease were wasting time and costing lives.

2010 Human Development Report: 40-year Trends Analysis Shows Poor Countries Making Faster Development Gains

United Nations, 4 November 2010—Most developing countries made dramatic yet often underestimated progress in health, education and basic living standards in recent decades, with many of the poorest countries posting the greatest gains, reveals a detailed new analysis of long-term Human Development Index (HDI) trends in the 2010 Human Development Report, released here today.

The Global Gender Gap Index 2010

“….., is a framework for capturing the magnitude and scope of gender-based disparities and tracking their progress.
The Index benchmarks national gender gaps on economic, political, education- and health based criteria, and provides country rankings that allow for effective comparisons across regions and income groups, and over time.

WHO reveals H1N1 committee's links with big pharma

11 August 2010
Elizabeth Sukkar

The World Health Organization has revealed the names of the 16 experts/advisors on its emergency committee, which recommended the declaration of the H1N1 pandemic in June 2009, showing that five of them have or have had ties with the pharmaceutical industry.

Their identities were revealed after the committee was dissolved following the announcement of the end of the H1N1 influenza pandemic by the WHO on 10 August, which had always been the organization's plan.

Global Health Watch 3 - Call for Case Studies and Testimonies

Examining the World’s Health from an Alternative Perspective

The Global Health Watch provides a platform for activists to share experiences and inform each other with practical examples and theoretical analyses to strengthen local, national, regional and global campaigns towards Health for All!

How you can voice your views?

The Global Health Watch is putting out a call for the submission of country or region specific case studies and testimonies. These case studies and testimonies will form part of the electronic platform of the alternative world health and selected case studies shall also be incorporated into the final document of Global Health Watch 3 – scheduled for publication in 2011. 

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