Info Service on Health Issues (Mar18/01)
People’s Health Movement marks the anniversary of landmark Primary Health Care declaration of Alma Ata with 4th People’s Health Assembly - Bangladesh 15-19 November 2018
40 years since the groundbreaking Alma Ata declaration the People’s Health Movement will return to Bangladesh for the 4th People’s Health Assembly (PHA4). The event will take place from 15 to 19 November 2018 in Savar, (near Dhaka) Bangladesh, 18 years after the first People’s Health Assembly was held there.
In the context of escalating threats to health worldwide and the shift away from Primary Health Care, the Assembly will bring together civil society organizations and networks, social movements, those from academia and other stakeholders from around the globe to share experiences, for mutual learning and to develop joint strategizing to fight back against neoliberal approaches to health.
People’s Health Movement (PHM) is a global network bringing together grassroots health activists, academics, policymakers and practitioners, civil society organizations and academic institutions from around the world, particularly from low and middle income countries (L&MIC). PHM currently has a presence in over 80 countries. Guided by the People’s Charter for Health (PCH), PHM works on various programmes and activities and is committed to Comprehensive Primary Health Care and addressing the Social, Environmental and Economic Determinants of Health.
PHM organized the first PHA in Savar, Bangladesh in December 2000 and more than 1400 people from 75 countries attended. Participants developed and endorsed the People’s Charter for Health, PHM’s founding document. The second Assembly was held in Cuenca, Ecuador in July 2005 and attended by 1492 people from 92 countries. The third Assembly was held in Cape Town (South Africa) in July 2012 and attended by about 1000 people from over 90 countries.
The objectives of this Assembly and associated activities include:
To evaluate and critically analyze current processes and policies
impacting health and healthcare at global, regional and local levels;
The PHA4 will focus on four main themes or "thematic axes” of PHA-4 that PHM will continue to develop over the next several months:
We expect about 1500 participants from across the globe to attend the Assembly, particularly from low and middle income countries. Participants will be mobilized through country and regional mobilization processes leading up to the Assembly and will include representatives of civil society organizations/networks (including non-governmental organizations, community-based organizations, trade unions, professional associations); governments, intergovernmental bodies, academic institutions, and many more.
We will be issuing future press releases and newsletters in preparation of the event.