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The International People’s Health University (IPHU) of the
People’s Health Movement (PHM)
THE STRUGGLE FOR HEALTH IN SOUTH ASIA
a short training course for health activists on the political economy of health
From 24 November to 1 December 2013
in Thessaloniki, Greece
The IPHU short courses are to enable health activists to make new
connections, share experiences and study together. They aim at
strengthening the growing activism of the People’s Health Movement.
Who is the course planned for?
Health activists from all fields (including students, professionals,
trade unionists, NGOs, etc.) working on the issues of health, gender and
human rights and particularly including those involved or wish to be
involved in the PHM.
Priority, with respect to enrolment, will be given to:
People motivated to get involved in PHM and who have endorsed the People's Charter for Health;
People who successfully completed the online IPHU (IPOL); and
People with a track record as health activists, in particular, people
who have been actively involved in organizations which are part of or
linked to the PHM.
Up to 35 people will be accepted.
The enrolment policy aims to achieve:
diversity of involvements: community based organizations, health care
agencies, NGOs, universities, trade unions, social movement, government
officials, etc; and
diversity of skills, records of activism, interests, experience, and educational backgrounds.
Priority will be given to health activists from Europe.
The curriculum includes the following topics with a major focus on the European region:
the struggle for health and organized health activism: challenges, strategy and practice, achievements and new directions;
working with communities and with grass roots people’s organizations;
social determinants of health: poverty, oppression and hierarchy; alienation and exclusion; racism, sexism and materialism;
comprehensive primary health care: achievements, challenges, lessons and new directions;
the political economy of health: imperialism and globalisation, the
international financial institutions and the EU and UN system; local
issues and global pressures; the current economic and financial crisis;
health system strengthening; the politics of health policy;
the right to health: principles, achievements and new directions;
people’s health and the environmental struggle; and
research: part of the problem and part of the solution.
Approach to learning
Start with the struggle for health
Teach and learn in partnership, adopting a participatory approach
Knowledge is imbued with purpose
New ideas must be used
Activism is an ethical commitment
Learn new ways of being (as well as new facts and theories)
Refresh, enquire, research
Nurture leadership: judgment which inspires confidence; integrity which creates trust and the courage to take risks
Learn to listen to learn; learn to teach; teach to learn
Steer our own learning; grow the skills and habits of life long learning
Build our community of activists
Stay with the struggle for health
The course will involve: pre-reading & exercises, lectures, small
group discussions, debates, workshops and follow up study. Resource
materials will take the form of soft/hard copy readings, lecture notes
Faculty members will be a mix between high-profile academic personnel
and health activists of a sound experience; in addition to a number of
PHM resource persons, from the region as well as PHM-Global.
The course will be taught in English.
(1) Mandatory - Cover all training materials; lunch and coffee breaks
during the training days. Those who will cover their travel costs will
be exempted from the registration fees.
(2) Supported by the PHM-IPHU for all participants.
(3) Fixed rate for subsidized activists’ accommodation in shared, basic facilities (bed, breakfast and dinner).
PHM-IPHU is committed to reducing the financial barriers to attending
IPHU. A limited number of scholarships for travel and/or accommodation
will be available for qualified applicants.
Priority will be given to qualified applicants from Greece (as the host country).
Travel scholarships for qualified Greek participants from outside
Thessaloniki is subjected to a fixed rate, estimated based on the
average cost of travel by bus or train.
In case of travel scholarships provided for qualified international
participants, flight tickets will be booked by the PHM Global
Secretariat upon a written confirmation by the participant on the
itinerary provided. Most of flight tickets will be non-refundable;
accordingly, participants will be asked to pay back the cost of their
tickets if they did not show up. This policy is only to ensure that we
are using our limited resources efficiently.
Registration fees are mandatory for all participants.
Activists’ accommodation will be reserved in shared, basic facilities.
PHM-IPHU scholarships do not cover visa fees, airport tax &
travel insurance (if applicable), personal living expenses, per diem, or
local transportation in the home country.
Applicants should seek such support from sponsors in their own countries in the first instance.
The course will be convened at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece.
Activists’ accommodation in shared, basic facilities will be reserved
from 24/11/2013 till the night of 1/12/2013 at the Aristotle University
of Thessaloniki dorms.
Any change in the accommodation plans will be announced.
Application and Deadline
The online application form in English will be available on the IPHU
website from the first half of July 2013; application deadline will be
the 31st of August 2013.
If you are unable to apply online, you may download the Application
Form in Word format, fill it in and email it to
iphu-thessaloniki_organization(at)phmovement.org (please do not convert
the form into PDF or into an image format).
All applicants will be advised of the outcome of their application.
For inquiries please contact the IPHU-Thessaloniki Organizing Team at: iphu-thessaloniki_organization(at)phmovement.org
For more about the IPHU-Thessaloniki Short Course, go to: http://www.iphu.org/en/node/660
The People’s Health Movement (PHM) is global movement, which has its
roots deep in the grassroots people's movements and owes its genesis to
many health networks and activists who have been concerned by the
growing inequities in health over the last 25 years. The PHM calls for a
revitalisation of the principles of the Alma-Ata Declaration, which
promised Health for All by the year 2000 and complete revision of
international and domestic policy that has shown to impact negatively on
health status and systems. The People's Health Movement is coordinated
by a global secretariat and is supported by a steering council.
Contact: globalsecretariat(at)phmovement.org Web: www.phmovement.org
The International People’s Health University (IPHU) is one of the
major programs of the People’s Health Movement (PHM). IPHU is a global
university providing short courses and other resources for health
activists. Courses are of a high academic standard and are documented
for academic credit from established universities. IPHU short courses
enable younger health activists to make new connections, share
experiences and study together. IPHU short courses strengthen the global
network of people’s health activists.
IPHU Director: David Legge, dlegge(at)phmovemen.org Web: www.iphu.org
The Aristotle University of Thessaloniki Medical School, Laboratory
of Hygiene and Public Health is a research and training group within the
largest medical school in Greece. It has a long history of
collaboration with the PHM and has already successfully contributed to
the organization and hosting of a previous IPHU held in Thessaloniki in
Email: pr(at)auth.gr Web: http://www.auth.gr/en/uni
The Centre for International and Intercultural Health (CSI) of the
University of Bologna is a diverse knowledge environment and a
laboratory for the integration of disciplines, participation and
peer-to-peer collaboration. At CSI’s core is the concept of global
health, defined as follows: health as a state of biopsychosocial
wellbeing and a fundamental human right; health and disease as outcomes
of socio-economic, political, cultural, environmental as well as
biological processes, shaped by globalisation; not a new discipline or
(just) a field of study, but an integrated action-research approach to
address complex health and health care needs in the framework of social
justice. CSI adopts a horizontal and participatory approach in teaching,
research, and decision-making. Following the paradigm of social
responsibility on the part of universities, CSI is committed to work
with the community, closing the gap between the academic world and
society as a whole.
Email: csiunibo(at)gmail.com Web: www.csiunibo.org
Besides PHM and the above mentioned partners, the IPHU-Thessaloniki is supported by:
Medico International: Email: info(at)medico.de Web: http://www.medico.de/en
Wemos: Email: info(at)wemos.nl Web: http://www.wemos.nl/Eng
M3M: Email: info(at)m3m.be Web: http://m3m.be