Walking the Talk for People's National Health Insurance
- By: James Irlam & members of PHM
- Short URL: https://www.backabuddy.co.za/walking-the-talk-for-peoples-national-hea
The People's Health Movement South Africa (PHM-SA) works to improve the capacity of individuals and communities to realise their rights to health and to universal access to excellent, equitable health services.
PHM-SA consists of activists who subscribe to the People’s Charter for Health https://phmovement.org/the-peoples-charter-for-health/ and who actively participate in our work.
So please join the PHM-SA Steering Committee and other activist members in "walking the talk" of Health for All on Freedom Day SA on Sat 27 April from 8h00 at the Rondeboch Common.
Please also donate towards this effort to raise funds in support of our capacity building work of a People's National Health Insurance (NHI) campaign
A People's NHI campaign is essential to protect the NHI from capture by vested interests opposed to its vision as a "prepayment-based health financing system for the progressive realisation of the right to healthon care for all". See http://phm-sa.org/national-health-insurance-nhi/#NHI-information-materials
We look forward to your walking with us, fundraising with us, and your messages of support!
On behalf of the 2018/2019 PHM-SA Steeering Committee
- Apr 24, 2019 - USD $ 33.18
- "alle duimen voor een goede gezondheidszorg" - Marie-José
- Apr 24, 2019 - R 50.00
- "This is our health system. We must shape it to serve the people. To the youth - this is OUR movement. " - Nonto
- Apr 23, 2019 - R 514.10
- "Health for All IS possible, and soon--IF we all go for it! " - Louis Reynolds
- Apr 21, 2019 - R 205.64
- "Forward to a People's NHI !" - James & Ros IRLAM
- Apr 18, 2019 - R 1 048.76
- "let's get going to a People's NHI!" - Leslie London
People's Health Movement South Africa
The People’s Health Movement South Africa (PHM-SA) is the South African Chapter of the People’s Health Movement (PHM), a global network of grassroots activists, civil society and academics, predominantly from low and middle income countries. PHM-SA was started in 2003 by a small group of health activists, and launched in 2007 with its Right to Health Campaign.
PHM’s understanding of “Health” corresponds to the World Health Organisation’s definition of health as a state of complete mental, physical and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease. Therefore, PHM-SA does not limit its work to advocating for improved healthcare services for all. It also works with communities and civil society organisations to improve the social determinants of health (SDH), i.e. “the conditions in which people are born, grow, work, live, and age, and the wider set of forces and systems shaping the conditions of daily life. These forces and systems include economic policies and systems, development agendas, social norms, social policies and political systems.”
South Africa has become the most unequal society in the world, as measured by the Gini coefficient. Despite our progressive Constitution, the rights of the majority of our people – to dignity, life, freedom and security, privacy, health – are violated on a daily basis by the conditions in which they live. Currently, and for the foreseeable future, the majority of people in South Africa’s informal settlements, sprawling townships, rural areas and on farms, live in unhealthy, even life threatening, conditions. All people, especially growing, developing children, require adequate nutrition, access to adequate and safe drinking water, sanitation services and comprehensive primary health care.
The mission of PHM-SA is to improve the capacity of individuals and communities to realise their right to health and health care, and to advocate for a Primary Health Care approach, as defined in the Declaration of Alma Ata. PHM uses the term PHC in its broad, developmental sense, affirming health as a social, economic and political issue and, above all, as a fundamental human right. Fulfilment of this right requires not only universal access to excellent, equitable health services, but also concerted intersectoral state action to address the SDH. These are universally-recognised socio-economic rights essential for health, embodied in the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR) as well as the South African Bill of Rights.