HIFA survey: Q4: Access to reliable healthcare information is (or should be) a human right? (4) People's Health Movement

1 September, 2023

In addition to WHO, I would like to mention a second organisation that is a critical player in the right to health.

'The PHM (People's Health Movement) is a global network bringing together grassroots health activists, civil society organizations and academic institutions from around the world, particularly from low and middle income countries (L&MIC). We currently have a presence in around 70 countries. Guided by the People’s Charter for Health (PCH), PHM works on various programmes and activities and is committed to Comprehensive Primary Health Care and addressing the Social, Environmental and Economic Determinants of Health.'


'The People’s Charter for Health – PCH, is the framework within which PHM acts and offers strategic guidance to the movement. It is both a tool for advocacy and a framework for action. By endorsing the Charter one becomes part of PHM. The PCH endorses the Alma Ata declaration, and affirms health as a social, economic and political issue but above all, a fundamental human right.'


To promote Health for All through an equitable, participatory and inter-sectoral movement and as a Rights Issue.

To advocate for government and other health agencies to ensure universal access to quality health care, education and social services according to people’s needs and not their ability to pay.

To promote the participation of people and people’s organisations in the formulation, implementation and evaluation of all health and social policies and programmes.

To promote health along with equity and sustainable development as top priorities in local, national and international policymaking.

To encourage people to develop their own solutions to local health problems.

To hold local authorities, national governments, international organisations and corporations accountable.'

HIFA would welcome to explore possibilities for collaboration with PHM to promote universal access to reliable healthcare information as a key determinant of the right to health.

HIFA profile: Neil Pakenham-Walsh is coordinator of HIFA (Healthcare Information For All), a global health community that brings all stakeholders together around the shared goal of universal access to reliable healthcare information. HIFA has 20,000 members in 180 countries, interacting in four languages and representing all parts of the global evidence ecosystem. HIFA is administered by Global Healthcare Information Network, a UK-based nonprofit in official relations with the World Health Organization. Email: neil@hifa.org