Challenges To The Public Health Movement

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Challenges To The Public Health Movement

  1. 1. Poverty, Development and Health Challenges to the Public Health Movement DR. THELMA NARAYAN Community Health Cell, Bangalore – India People’s Health Movement 11th World Congress on Public Health & 8th Brazilian Congress on Collective Health, 2006
  2. 2. <ul><li>Health is a determinant of Development – UNDP 2005 </li></ul><ul><li>Development is a determinant of Health </li></ul><ul><li>The deeper determinants of both need to be addressed as a priority at global, national and local levels </li></ul>Poverty, Inequality, Discrimination Development Health
  3. 3. Corporate led globalization, Neo-liberal economic reforms, Negative macro-policies Adversely affect the social majority, nationally & globally Livelihoods, Incomes, Food security, Increased conflict, War and violence, Access to water, Access to health care, Environmental degradation,
  4. 4. INDIA : ? Shining Global example <ul><li>Overall employment growth in 1990s was 2/3 rd to half of 1980 </li></ul><ul><li>For agricultural labourers, bulk of poor in India, rate of growth of real wages per annum almost halved in the 1990s, compared to 1980s. </li></ul><ul><li>Worsening of working conditions of labourers in the informal sector and agriculture in past decade </li></ul><ul><li>Open unemployment serious </li></ul><ul><li>- Jeyarajan and Swaminathan, 2003 </li></ul>JOBLESS GROWTH
  5. 5. These politico- economic determinants, backed by unprecented wealth and concentration of power <ul><li>Enhance existing social determinants </li></ul><ul><li>and inequalities of </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Gender </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Race, Ethnicity </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Language </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Belief system </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Disabilities </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul>
  6. 6. People world wide are in a ferment <ul><li>Change of elected governments. </li></ul><ul><li>Protests, Campaigns, Coalitions. </li></ul><ul><li>Evident on the streets, media </li></ul><ul><li>and Newspapers </li></ul>
  7. 7. Development : A Right to Health Perspective Less Food No job No water What are the people saying?
  8. 8. Poverty, deprivation and quality of employment <ul><li>Informalization, </li></ul><ul><li>Casualization of work, </li></ul><ul><li>High prevalence of child and elderly labour, </li></ul><ul><li>Work with low skills, low capital, low earnings, </li></ul><ul><li>No social security, </li></ul><ul><li>Adverse health effects, poor access to health </li></ul><ul><li>care, </li></ul><ul><li>Burden on women, </li></ul>
  9. 9. Persistent Inequalities - Persistent intergenerational immobility across classes - Takes five generations for a family 50 % below average income to reach the average without support
  10. 10. Global Inequalities <ul><li>High income countries represent </li></ul><ul><li>15 % of the world’s population </li></ul><ul><li>40% of the world’s population, ie 2.5 </li></ul><ul><li>billion people living on less than </li></ul><ul><li>$2 a day, account for 5% of the </li></ul><ul><li>global income </li></ul>
  11. 11. Health Effects Every hour > 1,200 children die, equivalent to 3 tsunami’s a month, every month, due to a single pathology – poverty …… but, with a little response
  12. 12. Trade, Development and Health <ul><li>Over 2/3 rd of the poor are small farmers / agricultural laborours </li></ul><ul><li>Unfair trade undermines their livelihood </li></ul><ul><li>Led by EU and USA developed country agricultural subsidies are over $ 350 billion a year, ie, almost $ 1 billion a day, supporting large farmers and corporate agri-business </li></ul><ul><li>For a fraction of the cost universal education, health and water for all can be achieved. </li></ul><ul><li>- UNDP, 2006 </li></ul>
  13. 13. <ul><li>“ Disparities hampering progress are systematic, reflecting hierarchices of advantage and disadvantage and </li></ul><ul><li>public policy choice” </li></ul><ul><li>- UNDP, 2005 </li></ul>
  14. 14. Development: A Right to Health Perspective
  15. 15. “ Massive poverty and obscene inequality are social evils, like slavery and apartheid” - Mandela, 2005
  16. 16. Development: A Right to Health Perspective Poverty / Inequality Development
  17. 17. Globalization from Below The People’s Health Movement <ul><li>A Globalization of solidary and informed action </li></ul><ul><li>working on determinants of health; </li></ul><ul><li>Bringing the Public back into Public Health, </li></ul><ul><li>present in 90 countries; </li></ul><ul><li>Multilevel functioning: </li></ul><ul><li>- Community </li></ul><ul><li>- Government </li></ul><ul><li>- Global policy advocacy </li></ul><ul><li>Coalition with broader movements </li></ul>
  18. 18. PEOPLE’S HEALTH MOVEMENT www.phmovement.org
  19. 19. <ul><li>“ Public Health – an art and science; and also a movement dedicated to the equitable improvement of health and well-being (of communities with their full participation). </li></ul><ul><li>First and foremost, public health leaders must be catalysts for the public health movement……… </li></ul><ul><li>The justification for action is that health is both an end in itself – a human right……..as well as a prerequisite for human development ” </li></ul><ul><li>- WFPHA, 2004 </li></ul>
  20. 20. Development : A Right to Health Perspective Thank You

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