A New Organism is Born: the Latin American Network of Organizations for the Right to Health

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Source: Notas / The Dawn News / October 27, 2016

Photo credit: Notas
Photo credit: Notas

From November 24 to 29, the XIV Latin American Congress of Social Medicine and Healthcare Teams is going to be carried out in Asunción, the capital of Peru. There, healthcare workers, intellectuals, students, social movements and women’s organizations from all around the continent will analyze the impact of the capitalist development on nature, the living conditions of peoples and their health, and to come together to defend the defense of the universal healthcare system against the onslaught of the capitalist model that seeks to privatize the public healthcare services.

During the days of debate prior to the inaugural act, over 40 social organizations from all over the continent discussed the need to strengthen the bond with each other and the mechanisms of action in this context where neoliberalism is advancing on the region.

Manuel Fonseca, a prominent member of the Irma Carrica National Health Movement, said: “We created the Latin American Network of Organizations for the Right to Health because all over Latin America people have the same problems to access this basic right, and because we deeply believe that unity between organizations and movements can create strength”.

On the topics that will be discussed during the Congress, Fonseca said: “the main topics we’re working on are gender-based violence, extractivism and its impact on the health of the peoples, and inequity in the access to public healthcare. These are just a few among many others”.

Sebastián Tiozzo, a doctor from the province of Misiones, Argentina, and also a prominent member of the Irma Carrica movement, added: “the strategies of imperialism are applied in every region of the continent: elimination of funding for the the system and precarization of workers to justify the subsequent privatization under mysterious and deceiving names such as “Universal Healthcare Coverage”, which is the plan that Macri’s government is trying to implement in Argentina.

All of the organizations that were present in the Congress expressed their opposition to the recent attempts to make a coup d’État in Venezuela, and to the illegitimate governments of Paraguay and Brazil, and they ratified their compromise to radicalize the democracies of all of Latin American countries in order to truly address the needs of the peoples of the continent.

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