New Book Assists Activists

PHM Book“This book is a source of inspiration for those who are engaged in the struggle for health!  The struggle for health and social justice has a long and proud history that has been driven by diverse social movements involving many individuals and organisations in different contexts. Today, the active role of organised civil society is more necessary than ever. While on average life expectancy and health status are improving globally, the rate of improvement is much slower than what is possible and the growing inequalities in health experienced between and within countries are both unnecessary and unacceptable.” – TWHA
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In the past year, I contributed to a book by the People’s Health Movement
(PHM) and Third World Health Aid (TWHA) by participating in the editorial group.

The book is called “Building a movement for health“, and is intended to be an aid in the struggle for health equity, which is the struggle for liberation from
hunger, poverty and unjust socio-economic structures.

*The book is not meant to be a guideline nor a toolkit, but more a source
of inspiration.* The stories illustrated speak about the building of a
people’s health movement – not just any kind of mobilisation for health. It
means that a focus is kept on people’s engagement and people in the
movement having control over the actions.

The book can be used by people who want to know more about the struggle for
health in the world and about the PHM, by activists who seek inspiration
and want to learn from other’s experience, by groups involved in
capacity-building, by students and scholars who research on civil society
engagement in health.

Please help me in letting more people know about this publication, that
can be downloaded for free at this link.

The book is a starting point for an ongoing effort to document
movement-building practices in the struggle for health. *Please share
comments, reactions, and stories* that come from your reading or using the
book, leaving a comment on the Facebook page People’s Health Movement
or sending an email to movementbuilding@phmovement.org.

Claudio Schuftan