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Kisumu, Kenya: The Struggle for Health (19-28 Apr 10)


Mon, 04/19/2010 to Wed, 04/28/2010

International People’s Health University (IPHU) of the People’s Health Movement (PHM) and Great Lakes University of Kisumu (GLUK) announce "THE STRUGGLE FOR HEALTH" a short training course from 19 to 28 April 2010 in Kisumu, Kenya. In association with the 7th TICH annual scientific conference: Innovations towards Achieving the Millennium Development Goals (29 April – 2 May, 2010).


Venue & Accommodation

  • The course will be held at: Faculty of Health Sciences, Town Campus, Great Lakes University of Kisumu (GLUK) – Address: Off Tom Mboya drive, opposite CARE, Milimani, Kisumu, Kenya.
  • Accommodation: from 18 April to the night of 28 April will be reserved at St. Ann Guest House, Milimani, Kisumu. (5 minutes walk from GLUK City Campus).

7th TICH annual scientific conference

  • Participants are encouraged to extend their stay in Kisumu to participate in the TICH conference at their own expenses.
  • PHM-IPHU will not support the registration fees of the conference or the accommodation and living expenses from 29 April to 2 May.
  • More information about the TICH conference can be found here. Please view the conference flyer here.



The course will be taught in English. 


Download the program for IPHU-Kisumu here.

Fees & Scholarships

  • Registration fees*: USD 75
  • Tuition fees**: Free
  • Accommodation fees***: USD 320

* Mandatory - Cover all training materials; lunch and coffee breaks during the training days.

** Supported by the PHM-IPHU for all participants.

*** Fixed rate per night for subsidized accommodation in shared facilities (bed and breakfast).


  • A limited number of scholarships for travel and/or accommodation will be available for qualified participants from Sub-Saharan Africa and Kenya (outside Kisumu).
  • Travel scholarships for Kenyan participants from outside Kisumu is subjected to a fixed rate estimated based on the average cost of travel by bus or train.
  • Applicants should seek financial support from sponsors in their own countries in the first instance.



The IPHU short courses are to enable younger health activists to make new connections, share experiences and study together. They aim at strengthening the global network of people’s health activists.

Who is the course planned for?

  • Younger health activists and practitioners working on the issues of health, gender and human rights and particularly including those involved in the People’s Health Movement (PHM).
  • Applicants should be fluent in English.
  • Priority, with respect to enrolment, will be given to
    • Younger people motivated to get involved in PHM;
    • ­Primary health care and public health practitioners;
    • ­People with a track record as health activists within the PHM, in particular, people who have been actively involved in organizations which are part of the PHM
  • A total of 50 participants is expected.
  • The enrolment policy aims to achieve:
    • ­geographical mix
    • ­gender balance
    • ­diversity of involvements: community based organizations, health care agencies, NGOs, universities, government officials, etc; and
    • ­diversity of skills, interests, experience and educational backgrounds.


The curriculum includes:

  • the struggle for health: 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 UN system; local issues and global pressures;
  • health system strengthening; the politics of health policy;
  • the right to health: principles, achievements and new directions;
  • people’s health and the environmental struggle;
  • research: part of the problem and part of the solution.

Approach to learning

  • Start with the struggle for health
  • Teach and learn in partnership
  • 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; lectures, small group discussions, debates, workshops and follow up study.  Resource materials will take the form of hard copy readings, lecture notes and websites.


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. 


For inquiries, please contact the IPHU-Kisumu Organizing Team at: kisumu[at]