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[afro-nets] Health and the Southern Africa Social Forum


  • From: Caludio Schuftan <claudio@hcmc.netnam.vn>
  • Date: Thu, 10 Nov 2005 06:47:29 +0700

Health and the Southern Africa Social Forum
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from: Community Working Group on Health <cwgh@mweb.co.zw>
Date: Wed, 9 Nov 2005 16:35:53 +0200

Here below please find the resolutions passed by the Health
Civil Society from East and Southern Africa hosted by the Commu-
nity Working Group on Health (CWGH) during the Southern Africa
Social Forum.

Health civil society groups in Zimbabwe and east and southern
Africa, recognising the initiative of health civil society in
the region met in Harare on the 13th of October 2005 to discuss
our struggles for health. We agreed on the following resolu-
tions.

We are united, together with health civil society in the region,
around the core principles and values of:
? the fundamental right to health and life
? equity and social justice
? people-led and people-centred health systems
? public over commercial interests in health (health before
profits)
? people-led and grassroots-driven regional integration.

To take these values forward we are reclaiming the state in
health and have identified the following priorities:
1. Building a national people?s health system
2. Organising people?s power for health
3. Having adequate fairly treated health workers
4. Sufficient and equitable funding of our health systems
5. Global solidarity for economic and trade justice.

Within these areas we resolve that:

BUILDING A NATIONAL PEOPLE?S HEALTH SYSTEM

1. We are struggling to build an integrated health systems un-
derpinned by the principles of equity that addresses of our
lives, not just our illnesses and that keeps us healthy.

2. We will link, network and foster strategic alliances with
partners, inside and outside the health sector, to develop a
unified voice.

ORGANISING PEOPLE?S POWER FOR HEALTH

3. We are organising people?s power to amplify our voice, claim
our right to health and control our resources for health.

HAVING ADEQUATE, FAIRLY TREATED HEALTH WORKERS

4. Our health systems need adequate, well-trained and fairly
distributed health workers at all levels of our health systems
in places where people need them most.

5. Health workers in the public sector need to be motivated
through decent conditions, training, incentives, living wages
and safe work environments, in a way that promotes gender-
equity.

SUFFICIENT AND EQUITABLE FUNDING OF OUR HEALTH SYSTEMS

6. We demand sustained increased investments in the public sec-
tor in health. We expect our governments to meet their Abuja
commitment to spend at least 15% of government spending in
health.

7. We demand an end to African wealth unfairly flowing out of
the continent so that we have the resources for our health.

8. We demand an end to unfair charges on poor people for health.

GLOBAL SOLIDARITY FOR ECONOMIC AND TRADE JUSTICE

9. We expect our parliamentarians to ensure our countries have
the independence and sovereignty to protect our right to health.

10. We remind those who go to the World Trade Organisation (WTO)
that: ?No deal is better than a bad deal.?

We as health civil society, together with all other progressive
forces in society in the region, are taking forward the strug-
gle.
We call on our global partners to support us in this struggle!