US Social Forum June 27 – July 1, 2007 Atlanta, GA
As members of the People’s Health Movement (PHM), Hesperian staff have been very involved in helping to organize Health Justice activities at the upcoming US Social Forum. We have been taking advantage of the opportunity to build greater unity of vision and strategy among US health and health care organizations by jointly planning exciting events on health justice in the US. We urge you to attend any or all of these workshops:
“Promoting Health for All,” an International People’s Health University will be offered from June 27-30 in conjunction with the US Social Forum. Each day of the IPHU will include two hours of presentations by US and international health activists and academics, followed by two hours of discussion and activities. Afternoons and evenings are free for exploring the hundreds of workshops and presentations at the US Social Forum and networking with other leaders and activists.
- Healthcare as a human right—not a commodity to be bought or sold
- Socio-economic, racial, and gender inequalities as barriers to health and healthcare within the United States
- Connections between health, trade, agriculture, and war
- The global movement for equal access to health and healthcare
- Practical skills for transforming knowledge into action on health issues
See details and application form.
USSF Workshops and panels PHM has organized or contributed to:
2838 Defending Our Water and Protecting Our Food: Bringing Family Farmers and Water Rights Advocates Together
2841 Our Bodies, Our Water: Our Right to Safe Water and Health
3005 A human rights approach to health advocacy and activism
3177 Health for All: a peoples vision for health and justice
3419 Access to essential medicines advocating locally and globally
3916 What Is Social Medicine?
840 A Peoples Healthcare Truth Hearing
See all the sessions submitted.
Wed., June 27th – Health activists and organizations march together in the opening ceremony.
Thurs., June 28th – Health and Healthcare Day in the Poor People’s Economic and Human Rights Campaign tent
Fri., June 29th, 3pm – “March for Our Lives” to CocaCola headquarters for the Right to Water
Ongoing – Work with the HealthCare NOW coalition to take testimonies from people affected by lack of health care, and in favor of HR 676 (the Medicare For All bill sponsored by Rep. John Conyers). Volunteers are also needed for petition signature gathering for HR676.
Let us know if you are planning to attend or if you would like to help
(contact Zena at firstname.lastname@example.org)
See you there!
Hesperian partner Jagruti delivers affordable medicine to poor in Dhaward, India
April 27, 2015
The need for affordable generic drugs is especially urgent in rural communities – treatable communicable diseases like tuberculosis and malaria remain commonplace, and chronic diseases, such diabetes, are on the rise. The Dharwad-Hubli district of Southern India is no exception, as most households have one wage-earner working seasonally in agriculture, except for one exciting development-- Jagruti, a long-time translation partner of Hesperian Health Guides, in coordination with Drug Action Forum—Karnataka has just launched the Dharwad Generic Drug House, which will bring low-cost generic drugs to the municipality. Inspired by Alma Ata and the work of the People’s Health Movement, the Drug action forum was formed by rural doctors in Karnataka, who felt that “the cost and use of medicines was forcing several families to penury,” and that accessible medicines and primary health care are an essential human right. Read More
Hesperian partner in Nepal featured on Global Motherhood blog
December 19, 2014
Even your creased, well-thumbed copy of Where There is No Doctor is no substitute for receiving attention from a compassionate and well-trained health care provider. In a recent piece on the Huffington Post’s Global Motherhood Blog , anthropologist Elisabeth Enslin describes how she used Where There Is No Doctor to advise her neighbors, who were reluctant to go to clinics after “they'd had their concerns dismissed, been sold expensive medicines or exams with dubious benefits, been chastised, misdiagnosed, misunderstood, inconvenienced, lost work time waiting for all-too-brief exams, been looked down on for their skin color, ethnic status, poverty, and/or gender.” Although she found that Where There is No Doctor provided “practical and thoughtful” solutions to many problems, she longed to be able to refer her Nepali advice-seekers to health services that would treat them with the respect and care they deserved. Read More
With these new Swahili health materials, we’re all winners!
The Swahili health materials contest we announced in August, cosponsored by Hesperian, our Tanzanian partner COBIHESA, and K4Health, generated an impressive response. We are excited to announce that 22 new health materials are now freely available for download on our Swahili Language Hub! These excellent new resources cover topics from cervical cancer to training midwives, and from non-communicable to sexually transmitted diseases. People sent creative entries in every imaginable form: videos, fliers, brochures, posters, comic books, and more! Read More
September 28: Day of action to save the lives of women and girls
In too many countries, women seeking post-abortion are denied care, imprisoned, or die unnecessarily from preventable medical complications. Access to safe post-abortion care is especially important for children, adolescents, and young adults, as 70% of hospitalizations for abortion are of women under the age of 20. Lack of post-abortion care is as deadly as it is widespread; worldwide, nearly half of the 21 million abortions that occur every year are unsafe, with 98% of unsafe abortions taking place in the developing world. In Latin America, where 95% of abortions are unsafe, lack of proper post-abortion care is responsible for one out of every eight maternal deaths. Such a large death toll does not simply cut short millions of women’s lives, but denies families their mothers, partners, daughters, aunts, and sisters. Read More