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.

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All Aboard Now On Fast Track

All Aboard Fast TrackAll Aboard is on the Fast Track!  For the last few months, members of the IMAXI Cooperative and over a dozen comrades and colleagues have been collaborating, as volunteers, on an innovative research and development project that we call ‘All Aboard’. It brings together a diverse group of activists, academics and experts to focus on the meaningful participation of marginalised communities and their civil society organisations in the decision-making processes within global health. We want to learn how to  arrange a ‘seat at the table’ for those that are excluded today.

The All Aboard research team is conducting a comprehensive study to assess the state of community participation in the governance of key institutions in global health, including the United Nations agencies (WHO, UNAIDS, UNDP, UNICEF, UN Women) and two major foundations, the Global Fund and Gates. Together, we plan to produce a high quality paper for publication in the prestigious peer-review scholarly journal, Global Health Governance, and towards this, our abstract has been accepted.

Although a little late out of the station, All Aboard is now moving on the fast track. The literature and document reviews are well underway, the (community-made) civil society survey and outreach will be ready to roll next week, and invitations for interviews with the ‘key actors’ in global health are now going out. The time-line is tight, and we’ve a challenge ahead of us during the next seven weeks with the deadline of 1st of June for submitting the paper. We hope that when successfully completed, this evidenced-based research can contribute to advancing, in all of the global health institutions, the right to meaningful participation and accountable representation of those most at risk of “being left behind”.

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