TTIP bad for health says civil society11.07.2014
BRUSSELS, 11 July – The next round of negotiations for the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) will take place July 14–18 in Brussels, almost exactly a year since the first round in Washington, DC. Since that time, movements for local and regional farming and food systems and public health advocates on both sides of the Atlantic have coordinated efforts to raise their concerns around the agreement. Civil society groups from the United States (U.S.) and the European Union (EU) are deeply concerned that the agreement could serve to lower standards on food safety and public health.
Joining forces for better global health26.06.2014
As a parent, I want my daughters to be healthy. Fortunately, they usually are. Recently, however, my youngest had a serious amoeba infection and our General Practitioner (GP) didn't prescribe antibiotics. This was fine with me, as I know antibiotics should really only be used as a last resort, because of the risk of antibiotic resistance.
Health workers for all: Stop the brain drain!26.06.2014
I recently travelled to Malawi for a maternity visit. It was a wonderful occasion, where I got to meet my newborn niece – a happy and healthy child. She came into the world by c-section. Luckily, there were health workers available to care for the mother and baby. Unfortunately, that's not always the case. Worldwide, there is a huge shortage of health personnel. In fact, if nothing changes, one billion people will never see a health worker in their lifetime.
Introducing: Jacqueline Mulders26.06.2014
“It wasn't until working as a volunteer in South Africa that I was confronted with the many complexities of global public health.” As a trainee in the Advanced Master's programme in International Development (AMID) at Radboud University Nijmegen, Jacqueline Mulders decided to complete her traineeship working as a global health advocate at Wemos. Below, her enthusiastic report on her experiences with Wemos' Health Unlimited initiative.
Remco moving on: 'But not out of mind'26.06.2014
Remco van de Pas is exchanging Amsterdam for Antwerp, where he is taking up a research appointment at the Institute of Tropical Medicine. Recent arrival Jacqueline Mulders joins Remco to reminisce on five years at Wemos: “Even small organizations like us play an important role.”
Reducing EDCs = saving money18.06.2014
On June 18, 2014 the Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL) has launched a report calculating the costs of exposure to endocrine or hormone disrupting chemicals in the European Union per year. Wemos contributes to the EDC Free Europe coalition together with the HEAL. On 11 June Wemos organized a meeting where HEAL gave a presentation on EU policy and EU member states policy of Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals. Wemos wants the Netherlands to work on a national plan to phase out Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals and we want the Netherlands to push the EU to take further steps.
Are governments failing?17.06.2014
Sometimes it happens that one is just in the right place at the right time. At the recent World Health Assembly, while we were busy with final preparations and disseminating flyers for the MMI/Wemos side event on non-communicable diseases and public policy space in the context of free trade and market deregulation, the WHO Director-General Margaret Chan hit the nail right on its head saying, in her opening speech: “In my view, something is fundamentally wrong in this world when a corporation can challenge government policies introduced to protect the public from a product that kills”.
A health worker for everyone, everywhere!05.06.2014
The world is 7.2 million health workers short. This seriously threatens the health of people worldwide. Especially middle and low income countries are severely affected. The partners in the project ”Health workers for all and all for health workers” (HW4All) call on European decision makers to contribute to securing sustainable health workforces. They now invite relevant institutions and the public to sign their Call for Action “A health worker for everyone, everywhere!”