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Cairo, Egypt: The Struggle for Health (22-29 Mar 08)


Sat, 03/22/2008 to Sat, 03/29/2008

IPHU 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.

The Struggle for Health - Learning Opportunity - Apply Now!

IPHU and the PHM Regional Coordination Group for the Middle East and North Africa, in collaboration with the Association for Health and Environmental Development (AHED) invite applicants for the next IPHU short course for health activists. Entitled the "Struggle for Health", the course will be held at the International Scout Center, Cairo - Egypt from the 22nd of March to the 1st of April 2008.

Download the announcement of IPHU Cairo Short Course: 'The struggle for health'. Download Announcement in Arabic here. Please distribute this announcement to others in your networks who might be keen to attend.

Application to participate in the Cairo (March 2008) IPHU Course

Applications are now open for the Cairo short course, The Struggle for Health. There are two ways to apply. Either:


Goals and objectives for this course

The Cairo IPHU will address all of the 'standard' objectives of other IPHU courses, see.

In addition the Cairo IPHU will also have a focus on intellectual property rights (IPRs), health systems, health care financing and access. See Cairo IPHU Index Page

The IPHU approach to learning



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;
  • to provide an overall assessment of the health challenges in their country and the status and prospects for PHM;
  • to present an account of an episode of teaching and or learning that they have been involved in.

Students should provide an abstract of their activism case study and of their volunteered topic.

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.


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 .