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People’s Health Assembly Ends With Calls To Action To Invest In Public Health, Address Corporate Influence

BMJ Opinion: Fran Baum: The Fourth People’s Health Assembly concludes by decrying the health impacts of corporate power
Fran Baum, Matthew Flinders distinguished professor of public health and foundation director of the Southgate Institute for Health, Society and Equity at Flinders University, and member of the Global Steering Council of the People’s Health Movement, discusses outcomes of the Fourth People’s Health Assembly (PHA4). Baum writes, “The PHA4 ended in a spirit of incredible energy, enthusiasm, and passion. Delegates from each region of the world took turns to sing a rousing call to arms. The inspiration that comes from such passion is vital to progressive health civil society movements. These movements provide the few voices who protest the fact that many governments are failing to invest in the public infrastructure needed to promote health or to question growing corporate control over our lives and health” (11/27).

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