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Porto Alegre, Brazil: The Struggle for Health (8-19 Sept 08)

Porto Alegre

Mon, 09/08/2008 to Fri, 09/19/2008

IPHU aims to contribute to achieving Health For All by strengthening the people's health movement by providing learning opportunities which are well targetted and address priority learning needs and which are well designed and presented.


IPHU and PHM in association with the School of Public Health of Rio Grande do Sul are pleased to announced 'The Struggle for Health', a two week short course for health activists, scheduled for 8-19 September, 2008. Keep these dates clear!


Download announcement brochures (in English) and distribute far and wide across your networks! Baixe as brochuras de divulgação (Português) e distribua amplamente para a sua rede de contatos . Descargue los folletos de convocatoria (en español) y distribúyalos extensamente entre sus redes. Contact:

Application to participate in the Porto Alegre (September 2008) IPHU Course

APPLICATIONS CLOSED Apply on line in English. Faça a sua inscrição online em português. Inscríbase en línea en español. Write to for an application form by email if you are unable to apply on line. Se você não conseguiu fazer a sua inscrição online, escreva para para obter um formulário de inscrição via e-mail. Diríjase a para obtener un formulario de solicitud por correo electrónico si no puede inscribirse en línea.

Goals and objectives for this course

The Porto Alegre IPHU will address all of the 'standard' objectives of other IPHU courses, (see), although with a strong focus on the situation in South America. More detail regarding the Porto Alegre course.

The IPHU approach to learning

See Preparation Participants should come prepared:

  • to describe in some detail an activist project or campaign or movement that they have been directly involved in; to describe in sufficient detail for the strategies, theories and skills of practice to be evident; and
  • to provide an overall assessment of the health challenges in their country and the status and prospects for PHM.

Prospective students should visit the IPHU website and review all of the pages linked from the Library Page (which form the core of the material for formal presentation and discussion). Students should come prepared to comment on the implications for their own countries of the material covered in the different topics. For example:

  • what is the extent of brain drain and what is being done about it?
  • what is the role of the WB and IMF in health sector reform?
  • what are the implications of the WTO (eg GATS)
  • what is the role of the GFATM in own country; access to medicines.

The program for all of fthe IPHU Short Courses is based on the People's Charter for Health (PCH). We will explore the meaning of the PCH; analyse the challenges it presents and develop resources and strategies for the struggle for Health For All. Participants should ensure that they are very familar with the Charter. Try the PCH Quiz as a way of working systematically through the PCH and reflecting upon what we need to know in order to realise the vision.

Activities The courses involve: lectures, small group discussions, debates, workshops and field trips and follow up study. Resource materials will take the form of hard copy readings, lecture notes and websites. More detail regarding the activities which comprise the IPHU course

Academic accreditation IPHU short course participants who are enrolled in an MPH and request accreditation of their training as part of their MPH will be required to submit assignments for assessment and will be provided with formal certification regarding the standard of the program and of their achievement. More details.