A story of big hair, disco dancing, and broken promises

May 23, 2008 at 3:10 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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Yesterday we were kitted out in our psychedelic 70s retro gear outside the World Health Organisation (as brazen as we could be) with our 1970s T.V, dodgy lamp shade, banners and posters, while a UN security guard looked on suspiciously.

“Why on earth were you doing that?” I hear you cry.

Well, the world’s ministers, who have come here to discuss health at this year’s World Health Assembly, have forgotten the promises they made back in the 1970s (called the Alma Ata agreement) promising health for all by 2000.

6,000 people die each day of AIDS related diseases and & 1,400 women die needlessly in pregnancy and childbirth. So health is still a really important issue.

Health ministers have been feeling the heat this week and it’s not because they’ve been dancing the night away in a disco inferno.

We think it’s an absolute disgrace that not only have they missed the deadline (by eight years) but have chosen to swiftly shove the Alma Ata agreements firmly under the carpet, hoping we’ve all forgotten!

Well we haven’t forgotten and that’s why we’re here, reminding them of their commitments. We’re here turning up the heat and getting them to reaffirm to those promises they made in the 1970s.

Health ministers have been feeling the heat this week and it’s not because they’ve been dancing the night away in a disco inferno.

Health ministers have been feeling the heat this week and it’s not because they’ve been dancing the night away in a disco inferno. Credit: Act Now for Global Health

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