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PHM Webinar: The TPP: Trading away health on a global scale

What is the TPP? Why is it a threat to public health? Who is pushing for this agreement and why? How can public health advocates get involved?

A video clip from the recent PHM Oz Webinar on the TPP is now on line at In this presentation Deb Gleeson from PHM Australia explains why public health advocates in Australia are concerned about the possible impact of this proposed trade agreement (actually an economic integration agreement) on public health, in particular its possible impact on developing country partners. Dr Gleeson describes how proposed provisions for the proposed TPPA could lead to increased prices of medicines and new barriers to regulation to protect public health.

Read more about the TPP here.

NEW: Short video by MSF about the TPP and access to medicines

Trade and Health in the Pacific

The people of the Pacific Islands carry a heavy burden of non-communicable diseases. The roots of this epidemic are complex but many causative factors arise in the Pacific food environment (availability, convenience and relative prices). The food environment is powerfully influenced by trade agreements. The Pacific Island countries are presently participating in trade negotiations on two fronts: (i) the proposed PACER Plus agreement, and (ii) negotiations with the EU regarding the proposed Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA).

PHM Oz is collaborating with a number of other organisations including the Public Health Association of Australia to explore the impact of trade on health and development in the Pacific and to work with stakeholders in the Pacific to ensure that new trade agreements make it easier, not harder, to create a healthy food environment.

PHM Position Statement - PACER Plus and the Health of Pacific Islanders

Global Medicines Crisis

The crisis is reflected in cost barriers to access, failure to develop drugs for diseases which only affect poor people, counterfeit products and big pharma / big power bullying. Central to these problems is the need to reform the intellectual property regime as it applies to pharmaceuticals. </br> For more on the crisis go to the Global Medicines Crisis resources page.

Global Food Crisis

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The People's Health Movement

The People’s Health Movement (PHM) is a global coalition of grassroots and health activist organisations dedicated to addressing the burden of preventable disease globally but in particular that carried by developing countries. The goal of the People’s Health Movement is to re-establish health and equitable development as top priorities in local, national and international policy-making with comprehensive primary health care as a key strategy to achieve these priorities.

More about PHM Australia </br> More about PHM Global</br> More about PHM Aotearoa New Zealand </br> Read about previous PHM Oz projects and events

Right to Health

The Right to Health is the fundamental value which binds the People's Health Movement. All of PHM's campaigns are conducted under the umbrella of the Right to Health. [| Read more]

International People's Health University

The International People's Health University aims to contribute to ‘health for all’ by strengthening people’s health movements around the globe, by organising and resourcing learning, sharing and planning opportunities for people's health activists, particularly from Third World countries. [More...]

Global Health Watch: The Alternative World Health Report

Global Health Watch offers a comprehensive survey of the key areas that influence the health of poor and vulnerable groups all over the world. It is also a call to action for all health workers.... Read more about GHW
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Democratising Global Health Governance: WHO Watch

The heavy burden of disease carried by poorer countries and poorer people reflects in large degree the unequal distribution of power nationally and globally. PHM's 'Democratising global health governance' project is directed at a restructuring of the forces and dynamics which shape the health crisis, globally. It is an ambitious goal and we have started with a focus on WHO: 'WHO Watch'.

Read more about WHO Watch

Networking with Other Organisations

We are keen to negotiate affiliation relationships with existing organisations who share our objectives. See our current affiliates. Please email us if you would like to discuss affiliation.

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