World Health Assembly starts tomorrow…hear the latest from Oxfam

May 18, 2008 at 12:39 pm Leave a comment

Claire Seaward, Health & Education For All Campaigner, Oxfam GB by Claire Seaward, Health & Education For All Campaigner, Oxfam GB

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It’s my first time driving on the right side of the road, I’m in city I don’t know at all, and I’m lost. The things we do when campaigning for health for all.

I’m in the picturesque city of Geneva at the World Health Assembly. For the next week, Oxfam will be campaigning to make sure Ministers of Health, their policy staff, the media and the World Health Organisation remember that every day 2 billion people don’t have the medicines they need, 1400 women will die in childbirth and 4,000 children die of diarrhoea.

You can feel the energy build as more and more NGOs, governments and institutions descend on the city. We’re all here to talk about health – but Oxfam wants to make sure this talk is leading to action. Over the week, Oxfam will host policy debates, run media stunts, and attend planning meetings to talk about aid for health.

And we believe there are some really big issues that need to be talked about.

– There needs to be real progress in delivering new and affordable medicines.
– Rich countries and institutions like the World Bank need to stop pushing the privation of health services in poor countries.
– Governments need to really prioritise delivering health for all.

Oxfam’s aim this week is to make sure governments and institutions are thinking about these important issues, are making decisions that will benefit the poorest people and are keeping focussed on achieving health for all.

And I hope to make it off these roads in one piece.

WHO

The World Health Assembly meets this week in Geneva. Oxfam will be there reporting back. Credit: WHO

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