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Medecins Sans Frontieres|Doctors Without Borders

provides assistance to populations in distress, to victims of natural or man-made disasters and to victims of armed conflict

Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is an international medical humanitarian organization created by doctors and journalists in France in 1971.

Today, MSF provides aid in nearly 60 countries to people whose survival is threatened by violence, neglect, or catastrophe, primarily due to armed conflict, epidemics, malnutrition, exclusion from health care, or natural disasters. MSF provides independent, impartial assistance to those most in need. MSF reserves the right to speak out to bring attention to neglected crises, to challenge inadequacies or abuse of the aid system, and to advocate for improved medical treatments and protocols.

In 1999, MSF received the Nobel Peace Prize.

Bearing Witness & Speaking Out

MSF medical teams often witness violence, atrocities, and neglect in the course of their work, largely in regions that receive scant international attention. At times, MSF may speak out publicly in an effort to bring a forgotten crisis to public attention, to alert the public to abuses occurring beyond the headlines, to criticize the inadequacies of the aid system, or to challenge the diversion of humanitarian aid for political interests.

Work with MSF [embed URL] in the Field or volunteer in our Office.

Health Global Access Project (GAP)

We are dedicated to eliminating barriers to global access to affordable life-sustaining medicines for people living with HIV/AIDS

What is Health GAP (Global Access Project)?

We are an organization of U.S.-based AIDS and human rights activists, people living with HIV/AIDS, public health experts, fair trade advocates and concerned individuals who campaign against policies of neglect and avarice that deny treatment to millions and fuel the spread of HIV. We are dedicated to eliminating barriers to global access to affordable life-sustaining medicines for people living with HIV/AIDS as key to a comprehensive strategy to confront and ultimately stop the AIDS pandemic. We believe that the human right to life and to health must prevail over the pharmaceutical industry's excessive profits and expanding patent rights.

What does Health GAP do?

We campaign for drug access and the resources necessary to sustain access for people with HIV/AIDS across the globe. We work with allies in the global South and in the G-8 countries to formulate policies that promote access, mobilize grassroots support for those policies, and confront governmental policy makers, the pharmaceutical industry and international agencies when their policies or practices block access.

Sustained access cannot result from industry-controlled charity programs. Multiple strategies are needed to lower drug prices to affordable levels. These strategies include generic production, voluntary and compulsory licensing and parallel importing. A system of global bulk procurement at lowest world prices is crucial if people living with HIV in the poorest countries are to have access to treatment. We reject efforts by industry or governments to deny or restrict the right of countries to exercise these and other strategies to protect the health of their people.

Health Aliance International

Our vision is a just world with universal access to quality health care

HAI recognizes that the most important determinants of health consist of the basic conditions of daily life that promote health and well-being. Poverty for the poorest three billion of the world’s population who live on less than two dollars a day means that they do not have access to these basic needs – adequate food for their children, clean water, safe housing, education, quality health care. As a result, those same families have infants that die at rates 15 to 20 times that of wealthier populations, and mothers who are 80 to 100 times as likely to die in childbirth.

These inequities reflect a global economic system in which power structures maintain the advantage of the rich at the expense of the poor. Key economic and social policies at the international level, such as structural adjustment programs and unfair terms of trade, determine whether or not the people of poor countries will be able to develop to their full potential, or whether they will continue to struggle in a mire of deepening debt and weakened public institutions.

Effective advocacy for health necessarily involves addressing the power relations that determine the inequities in society - inequities that are the root cause of most of the premature deaths and illness in the world today. Inadequate access to quality health care is an important manifestation of this gap between today’s rich and poor. HAI’s advocacy thus focuses on efforts to:
  • Raise awareness of the links between economic and political equity and health;
  • Promote policy and structural changes that address widespread poverty and the systemic inequalities of opportunity that perpetuate it;
  • Increase access to quality health care among disadvantaged populations, including the right to effective care and treatment for HIV/AIDS, with a focus on strengthening public sector programs.

The Peoples Health Movement (PHM)

Health for All Now!

The People´s Health Movement (PHM) has its roots deep in the grassroots people's movement and owes its genesis to many health networks and activists who have been concerned by the growing inequities in health over the last 25 years. The PHM calls for a revitalisation of the principles of the Alma-Ata Declaration which promised Health for All by the year 2000 and complete revision of international and domestic policy that has shown to impact negatively on health status and systems.

"Equity, ecologically-sustainable development and peace are at the heart of our vision of a better world - a world in which a healthy life for all is a reality; a world that respects, appreciates and celebrates all life and diversity; a world that enables the flowering of people's talents and abilities to enrich each other; a world in which people's voices guide the decisions that shape our lives...."

People's Charter for Health
  • To promote the Health for All goal through an equitable, participatory and inter-sectoral movement and as a Rights Issue.
  • To encourage government and other health agencies to ensure universal access to quality health care, education and social services according to people's needs and not people's ability to pay.
  • To promote the participation of people and people's organisations in the formulation, implementation and evaluation of all health and social policies and programmes.
  • To promote health along with equity and sustainable development as top priorities in local, national and international policymaking.
  • To encourage people to develop their own solutions to local health problems.
  • To hold accountable local authorities, national governments, international organisations and corporations.


The Big Fix or What lies upstream?

A variation of an oft told public health story goes like this: a community noticed people getting sick in increasing numbers and some were dying. The community spent endless hours and dollars treating them but more people kept getting sick and more people died. Until one day some people went upstream. They saw that an industrial plant was dumping their toxic waste into the river and the ground. Some people were concerned but there were assurances by the company that it was not dangerous and promises of employment opportunities for the surrounding communities.

Until this upstream cause was dealt with, no amount of downstream activity would be sufficient to really stem the sickness of the community downstream. So too with health. Upstream is where the real determinants of disease lie.

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Last edited by Danny; 4th January 2010 at 22:23.
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