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Health and social justice activists as well as health ministers and key policymakers from across the world will meet in Cape Town this week to address the drivers of inequity which fundamentally impact on the health of the poor.
Despite unprecedented global wealth, the world is experiencing a crisis of economic instability, increasing inequality and environmental degradation.
Two major meetings will draw together various role players from SA and the rest of the world to discuss the issues that are fundamental to the planet and to the country’s health and future development, and plan actions.
The SA and National Health Insurance-focused National Health Assembly starts tomorrow and will end on Friday when Health Minister Dr Aaron Motsoaledi opens the global People’s Health Assembly (PHA).
The third PHA is described as “an assembly for and by people from around the world”. The first PHA was held in Savar, Bangladesh, in 2000. More than 1 500 people from around the world drew up and endorsed the People’s Charter for Health, the PHM’s founding document. The second PHA was held in Cuenca, Ecuador, in 2005.
Around 1 200 participants from across the globe are expected to attend the assembly, particularly from low- and middle-income countries. The main themes at this week’s PHA include the global political and economic context of health; social and physical environments that destroy or promote health; and universal coverage and equity in comprehensive and integrated health systems.
The University of the Western Cape will be the venue for the meetings. – Health-e News Service