It is possible today to voice a proposal to take the idea of primary health care, stated in the bold language of the Alma Ata declaration 30 years ago, forward and work towards making it a reality. Health activist Dr. Binayak Sen writes from prison for a special issue in the Economic and Political Weekly on the 30th anniversary of the Alma Ata declaration which envisaged a promise of "Health for All" in 1978. Binayak Sen also writes,
"Writing from jail, I did not have access to books and journals. This accounts for the disjointed state of some of the arguments. None of this is necessarily original or new. This article is based on earlier readings, as well as valued discussions with many friends and colleagues in Rupantar, Jan Swasthya Sahayog, the People’s Union for Civil Liberties, Shaheed Hospital, Medico Friend Circle, Jan Swasthya Abhiyan, and the National Alliance of People’s Movements. The usual disclaimers apply."
Binayak Sen, a paediatrician, public health professional and national vice-president of the People’s Union for Civil Liberties, is the recipient of the tenth annual Jonathan Mann Award for Global Health and Human Rights.
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Germany's Harald zur Hausen, who won the Nobel Prize in medicine for research into cervical cancer, spoke out against the high cost of a new vaccine against the virus which mostly kills women in developing nations.
AROUND 35,000 Cuban health specialists are providing free or paid services in the world. Furthermore, some young doctors from countries such as Haiti and others among the poorest of the Third World are working in their homelands thanks to the assistance provided by Cuba. In Latin America, our main contribution has been the ophthalmologic surgeries that will help to preserve the eyesight of millions of people. In addition, we are assisting in the training of tens of thousands of young medical students from other nations, both in and outside Cuba.
The Federation of Medical & Sales Representatives' Associations of India (FMRAI) has given a call for a country wide strike to draw attention to the state of quality of medicine and to protect field workers' rights in India. An article that elucidates these demands in detail.
A FMRAI (Federation of Medical & Sales Representatives' Associations of India) article on the issue of clinical trials to be done by multinational companies in India.
With three public sector vaccine-manufacturing units forced to stop production, there is concern about the national immunisation programme, R. Ramachandran reports in this Frontline magazine cover story.