The health of populations throughout the world is being devastated by global and national neoliberal policies. Since the financial crisis, governments internationally have enacted ‘austerity’ agendas effectively deepening and reinforcing the very economic system that has resulted in the crisis in the first place.
PHM-UK has existed formally since 2012 after some of our members organised a parallel People’s Health Assembly in Nottingham to the 2012 Global People’s Health Assembly in Cape Town, South Africa. Since then, we’ve arranged two further UK People’s Health Assemblies in 2014 and 2016, seen a groundswell of advocacy and participatory health research in our Scottish circle, supported various hearings across the UK providing a platform to citizens to testify to denial of their health rights and spoken out on a range of health & human rights issues.
We continue to organise in support of the principles behind the People’s Charter for Health and are looking for activists, academics and individuals to join us to help build a participatory movement for health justice in the UK and abroad.
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PHM-UK coordinating group
We are a group based all across the UK who meet regularly online and in person to support the PHM platform in the UK. We currently hold monthly teleconferences to coordinate our activities and aim to hold a meeting in person of our group at least four times a year. You can read here about our current active coordinating group members and can get in touch with the group by contacting us.
The People’s Health Movement (PHM) is a global network bringing together grassroots health activists, civil society organizations and academic institutions from around the world, particularly from low and middle income countries). We currently have a presence in around 70 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 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.
PHM has a vision of equity, ecologically-sustainable development and peace – 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. The movement seeks to achieve this vision through:
Read more about PHM-Global and its history and objectives at their website.
Since our formal launch in 2012 and in the years leading up to then PHM members in the UK have been active on several fronts in the struggle for health justice.
In October 2015 PHM-UK prepared a submission to the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights with JustFair on Implementation of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.
Later in 2015 one of our coordinating group members Anuj Kapilashrami published an article in the Journal of Public Health on Social Movements and Public Health Advocacy in Action: the UK People’s Health Movement, describing our history advocating for health and human rights in the UK and some critical reflections on the movement.
PHM-Scotland in March 2016 launched their Scottish People’s Health Manifesto focussed on the elections in Scotland. The manifesto was presented to each of the political parties in Scotland and was picked up by some of the parties in their own manifestos as a result of successful advocacy by PHM Scotland members.