Categories India | World

A Tribute to Comrade Dr. Amit Sengupta

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.

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Categories Bangladesh | World

The struggle for health is the struggle for a more caring world: Dr Am …

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.

Categories Israel | Palestine
Military occupation and Palestine health crisis

PHA4: Military occupation is the foremost reason for health crisis in …

At the sidelines of the fourth People’s Health Assembly in Bangladesh, Shatha Odeh from the Health Work Committees (Palestine) speaks about the military occupation and its impact of health structures in Palestine. Recent reports warn that Gaza is facing a catastrophic humanitarian crisis because of the Israeli blockade of the coastal city.

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