The Pre-WHA Civil Society Forum (“Equity, Justice and Health”) was co-organized by the People’s Health Movement, Third World Network and the World Council of Churches in order to “share concerns and recommend actions that civil society views as being of critical importance for advances in global Health and health equity.”
The event, attended by approximately 40 people, consisted entirely of like-minded groups. These organizations are almost all either controlled by their government or in control of their government. They are not independent.
- The pervading view in the room is that the economic crisis and swine flu outbreak are providing opportunities to push a more socialized agenda at the World Health Assembly (WHA).
- The Committee on Social Determinants of Health (CSDH) is seen as a small victory and attendees would like to see it leveraged into an ongoing intergovernmental working group.