[Ip-health] Open letter about participation on the World Conference on Social Determinants of Health

Renata Reis renata at abiaids.org.br
Wed Oct 26 11:36:36 PDT 2011

Dear all,

Last week, a huge meeting on Social Determinants for Health was held in Rio. Despite all the publicity around it during international meetings such as the 64 WHA at Geneva and the U.N High Level Meeting on HIV/Aids last June at New York, the brazilian government was incapable of ensuring a plural and representative participation of brazilian civil society groups.


Although the slogan of the Conference was "Governments and civil society towards the collective commitment of fighting health inequities", the established criteria for civil society participation - especially for those organizations from Brazil - adopted either by the World Health Organization (WHO) or by the Brazilian government are unknown. Such fact shows problems regarding transparency, democratic participation and representation. Besides, this exclusion is a clear violation of fundamental principles upon which brazilian public health system was created (creation that was deeply related with brazilian civil society involvement by the way.). 


So, please find in the link below a letter sent to the brazilian Ministry of Health and other actors involved with this conference undersigned by several organizations and individuals


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