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Thessaloniki, Greece: The Struggle for Health (4-10 May 09)


Mon, 05/04/2009 to Sun, 05/10/2009

IPHU Announcement IPHU, PHM (in association with the the University of Thessaloniki) are pleased to announce for 'The Struggle for Health', a one week short course for health activists, scheduled for Thessaloniki, Greece May 4-10, 2009 - at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. Keep these dates clear!

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

Download announcement brochures in EnglishRussian and Greek and distribute far and wide across your networks!

Application to participate in the IPHU-Thessaloniki (4-10 May 2009)

**English and Russian applications are closed**

  • Apply online by filling in the Online Application Form
  • If you are unable to apply on line, write to secretariat[at] for an application form by email

**English and Russian applications are closed**

For more information and inquiries, write to thessaloniki[at]

Goals and objectives for this course The Thessaloniki IPHU will address all of the 'standard' objectives of other IPHU courses, see, although with a strong focus on [...].

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 the 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.