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  • 1. Come together to achieve Health For All
  • 2. I have this pain in my knee that won’t go away.
  • 3. Why don’t you go show it to the doctor?
  • 4. I can’t. He will ask me to do some expensive tests. Like an MRI. I can’t afford all that.
  • 5. It seems odd that modern medicine is making it more difficult for the poor to seek help.
  • 6. I wonder if that’s what all those well meaning scientists had in mind…
  • 7. Modern science has the potential to ease a lot of suffering.
  • 8. But too often doing things the modern way only means the same relief for extra cost.
  • 9. What happened to the doctor who listened to you, palpated your leg with his hand, then prescribed something that made the pain go away?
  • 10. That sounds so unscientific. MRI’s are so much sexier. Why should young doctors not rely on them?
  • 11. There are still enough patients who can afford to pay.
  • 12. And enough businessmen who profit from doctors using MRIs.
  • 13. And enough politicians who profit from businessmen doing well.
  • 14. And enough of us who have shares in the medical industry.
  • 15. Many of us profit when doctors use MRIs. That’s how we can afford them!
  • 16. What about those who can’t afford to buy shares in the medical industry or pay for MRIs?
  • 17. Maybe doctors think the poor don’t need MRIs. Only the rich. Yet doctors are still unwilling to treat the poor.
  • 18. So the health system is designed so that the poor don’t get access to cheap treatment because doctors prefer to treat the rich?
  • 19. Wow. I’ve never linked knee pain to politics before.
  • 20. But it is true. Politics and business affect our health and our bodies. Whether we are rich or poor…
  • 21. Often they affect us in a bad way.
  • 22. More money can be made from making treatment costly.
  • 23. And people with the power to do so often give into the temptation.
  • 24. OK. So I agree that politicians and big businessmen affect our health. But what can I do about it?
  • 25. It is impossible for me to stand up to the big people alone. What can I do?
  • 26. Why should I do anything at all? I’m healthy right now.
  • 27. Why wait till you are sick or poor to do something to protect your health? Better protect yourself when you are still healthy.
  • 28. If vaccines can protect us from germs what do you think can protect us from politicians and big businessmen?
  • 29. I wonder whether there is something like a social vaccine …
  • 30. There is. There has always been. I remember this from my days fighting for India’s independence.
  • 31. What? Tell us grandpa.
  • 32. The most important thing back then was that we struggled together.
  • 33. If we could come together to protect our independence we can definitely do the same to protect our health.
  • 34. How can we come together? Look how different we all are.
  • 35. Maybe for a start we can all stand a bit closer…
  • 36. Er .. Maybe we should do a little more.
  • 37. How have other people come together to protect their health? Maybe we can learn from them.
  • 38. I once met someone who told me a story about some people in a place called Barwani in Madhya Pradesh.
  • 39. Between 19th and 22nd May 2008, around 200 people gathered outside a government Community Health Centre in Barwani District to demand improvement in health services.
  • 40. Groups of villagers directly observed services along with Village Health Committee members and Accredited Social Health Activists of the NRHM.
  • 41. Villagers had direct dialogue with doctors of the Community Health Centre regarding poor services offered.
  • 42. As a result doctors started coming on time and staying for the entire day. Ambulance services were made available to patients for the first time.
  • 43. Separate needles began to be used for each patient. Health staff no longer demanded charges for services offered.
  • 44. Wah. Wah. Ye kya bhat he.
  • 45. But you must remember that merely ensuring that the government hospitals function does not ensure health.
  • 46. Health means we need access to food.
  • 47. Health means we need access to clean water.
  • 48. Health means we need access to work.
  • 49. Health means we need access to justice.
  • 50. Wow. We need a lot more people to ensure all that.
  • 51. Maybe we should get more people interested in health.
  • 52. OK.
  • 53. To protect our health we need to protect our Right To Food.
  • 54. To protect our health we need to protect our Right To Education.
  • 55. To protect our health we need to protect our Right To Information.
  • 56. Yes. We must all work against all obstacles to health.
  • 57. So you mean all this is working for health?
  • 58. Lack of health care is definitely an obstacle. So is malnutrition, poverty and ignorance.
  • 59. Everyone should be allowed the opportunity to live in good health. We believe in Health For All.
  • 60. We are all Health For All activists.
  • 61. Who is threatening our rights?
  • 62. People who have the power to do so.
  • 63. Why?
  • 64. Because although they are rich they feel poor. They want more. Even at our expense.
  • 65. Now that we are together I feel more secure.
  • 66. How do we coordinate between each other?
  • 67. Well in today’s globalised world communicating with each other has become easier.
  • 68. We have mobile phones, email, Facebook …
  • 69. As well as the more traditional methods such as meetings, workshops and assemblies…
  • 70. Did you hear about this big assembly of Health For All activists in the year 2000 in Dhaka, Bangaldesh?
  • 71. Apparently lots of people were furious that the World Health Organisation had forgotten its promise of ‘Health For All by 2000 AD’.
  • 72. So they met to discuss what is to be done. 1454 health activists from 75 countries came together. Just like us.
  • 73. They found that they had a lot in common….
  • 74. They agreed on a common understanding of the problem and a common plan of action.
  • 75. They came up with a People’s Charter for Health.
  • 76. Maybe we should all take some time to read it.
  • 77. Aargh. This is a really tough document to read.
  • 78. Maybe we should invite someone from People’s Health Movement to talk to us.
  • 79. Move over. He can’t get into the room.
  • 80. Hello friends.
  • 81. I’ve come here to share with you about the People’s Health Movement.
  • 82. People’s Health Movement is a network of Health For All activists.
  • 83. It is the largest network of Health For All activists in the world.
  • 84. It is organised into regional and local level circles as well as issue based circles.
  • 85. It is coordinated by national and global and global level secretariats. national level secretariats.
  • 86. The Indian secretariat is currently situated in Bhopal and is hosted by the Madhya Pradesh Vigyan Sabha.
  • 87. Most of the important decisions in India are made by a National Coordination Committee who meet regularly.
  • 88. Likewise at the global level we have the Global Steering Committee.
  • 89. You are probably wondering how to join…
  • 90. Just turn up.
  • 91. You could also endorse the People’s Charter for Health by sending a email to the global secretariat.
  • 92. Visit www.phmovement.org for more details.
  • 93. Thank you.
  • 94. Clap. Clap. Did you notice how PHM Clap. guy looked just like us? Clap. Maybe because he is just Clap. like us… Clap. Clap. Clap.
  • 95. Wow. That was a good talk. Look at how our numbers have increased.
  • 96. Lets start a local People’s Health Movement circle.
  • 97. Health For All Now!
  • 98. Health For All Now!
  • 99. That was satisfying.
  • 100. Now lets do something that will actually affect someone’s health.
  • 101. We should network with more activists from around the world.
  • 102. That would strengthen our local campaigns. People’s Health Movement makes this possible.
  • 103. We can now come together to represent our views at the World Health Organisation.
  • 104. Is forming a PHM circle the only thing we can do?
  • 105. No. There are hundreds of ways to protect our own health.
  • 106. We just have to find the way that is most appropriate for us.
  • 107. All we are saying is that we must understand two important things about health if we are to remain healthy.
  • 108. One. That politics and business affect our bodies and our health.
  • 109. Two. That we can counter the ill effects of business and politics by staying together.
  • 110. Thank you.