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WHO Admits to Not Have Done Enough

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"I hope this is a start of getting into a more intense contact," the representative of the World Health Organization stated at the organization's Geneva headquarters during a meeting with indigenous delegates from around the world on July 14th. " You have to come see us, speak to us," he admonished. "It is a two way road.... You are the best to judge what works in your communities.... We need case studies.... To be honest we have done much too little, the more we can hammer away the better."

Clearly, as these comments emphasize an indigenous health in human rights initiative is highly needed. Health needs to be discussed as an important agenda item at the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues.
There should be an Indigenous World Health Report put together to link work at the WHO with indigenous work and bring about change. Developping policies that are institutionally embedded are absolutely vital.

4 Comments

  1. Of course, they won’t be starting from scratch. Reports like this http://www.iwgia.org/graphics/fotos/books/THE%20INDIGENOUS%20WORLD-2009.pdf will be helpful in putting health in context. After all, democracy and health are related; where people have greater control in determining their lives, they will naturally be more healthy.

  2. Indigenous environmental justice http://americas.irc-online.org/amcit/837 is clearly a top health priority.

  3. The United Nations System http://www.un.org/aboutun/chart_en.pdf of which WHO is a part, has all the components to mobilize a global holistic health initiative, but that would entail reorienting agencies like the IMF and World Bank, whose policies have long acted contrary to that mission.

  4. Progress Can Kill http://assets.survival-international.org/static/lib/downloads/source/progresscankill/full_report.pdf examines how imposed development affects the health of tribal peoples.

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