On the sidelines of the People’s Health Assembly 4, Bangladesh, Goerge Poe, a trade unionist and health activist from Liberia speaks to Peoples Dispatch on the role of health workers and trade unions in the global struggle towards health for all. Poe also talks about the need for a holistic concept of access to health, beyond the present model of selective healthcare intervention decided by donor organizations.
Dr. Amit Sengupta, a comrade, beloved colleague, friend, mentor, and activist passed away on 28 November 2018, in a swimming accident in Goa, India. Amit Sengupta, a medical graduate from the Maulana Azad Medical College in Delhi, played a leading role in many progressive movements, the most significant of which was the Peoples Science Movement (PSM) in India and the global Health Movement. Amit was an active member of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) since 1978, and he strove to promote a Marxist perspective in all the activities he was part of.
Amit was a founding member of People’s Health Movement at its creation in 2000 in Savar, Bangladesh.
Trained as a medical doctor, Amit dedicated his life to the struggle for universal access to health, and worked on issues related to public health, pharmaceuticals policy and intellectual property rights. He led several research projects in the area of public health and medicines policy, and was associated with several civil society platforms and networks, including the All India People’s Science Network. He was the Associate Global Coordinator of People’s Health Movement (PHM) and coordinated the editorial group of the Global Health Watch and the WHO Watch. He was the Co-Convenor of Jan Swasthya Abhiyan (JSA), the Indian Chapter of PHM. He wrote regularly for journals and newspapers across India and the world.
More information: http://phmovement.org/peoples-health-movement-phm-tribute-dr-amit-sengupta/
With the Chinese researcher He Jiankui announcing the world’s first genetically modified babies, the scientific community is outraged with the prematurity and secrecy of his dangerous experiment. Newsclick editor-in-chief Prabir Purkayastha talks about why scientists are angry and what this experiment could mean for the future.
At the plenary session of the fourth People’s Health Assembly (16-19 November), Dr. Amit Sengupta of the People’s Health Movement spoke about struggles by health activists across the globe in the fight for ‘health for all’. Amid the global health and economic crisis perpetrated by a neoliberal economic model, Dr. Amit – in the words of Bertolt Brecht – reminds us that in the dark times, there will be singing, about the dark times.
On November 28, 2018, Dr. Amit passed away in a swimming accident in Goa, India. Dr. Amit Sengupta had worked for more than 30 years with various social movements fighting for science, rationality and universal access to healthcare around the world. His demise is an inconsolable loss for those who stand for a just and egalitarian world.
Global Meeting of Women Articulation, organized by La Vía Campesina, an international peasant movement, began on November 22 in Negombo, Sri Lanka. This international meeting aims to reflect on the different challenges faced by peasant women and women in general. Over 60 peasant women leaders from 20 different countries across the globe joined the conference.
On the sidelines of the fourth People’s Health Assembly (16- 19 November 2018) in Bangladesh, activists from Europe speak about the issues related to health in the region. The activists condemned the wave of austerity measures in the European region, which has become a major obstacle in the goal towards health for all.