The People’s Health Movement
This is an advance summary of a forthcoming article in the Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Global Public Health. Please check back later for the full article.
The People’s Health Movement (PHM) is a vibrant, global network bringing together grassroots health activists; civil society organizations; issue-based networks; academic institutions; and individuals from around the world, particularly the Global South. Since its inception in 2000, PHM has played a significant role in revitalizing Health for All (HFA) initiatives; and addressing underlying health determinants with a social justice perspective at global, national, and local levels. Members engage critically and constructively in health initiatives, health policy advocacy, and action. They undertake capacity building of community activists to participate in monitoring health-related policies and in governance of health systems. They play a crucial role in keeping Comprehensive Primary Health Care (CPHC) as a strategy to strengthen public health systems; in developing mechanisms to address the societal or social determinants of health; and in ensuring that people’s voices are part of decision making processes. PHM has an evolving presence in over 80 countries worldwide, consisting of groups of individuals and/or well-established circles with their own governance and information-sharing mechanisms. Additionally, there are issue-based circles across different countries.