Health is more than the absence of illness

Our project focus

Health cannot be reduced to the provision of medical services. This is particularly true where people do not have enough food, are homeless, have neither education nor work. For medico, achieving the comprehensive right to health accordingly includes creating healthy working, living and environmental conditions for all. Together with our partners, we fight against unhealthy situations and for the right to a good and healthy life.

World Health Assembly

Lost in (virtual) space

How to move forward in the pandemic? Geopolitical conflicts, the interests of rich countries and the exclusion of civil society make it difficult for the world to come together. By Dr. Andreas Wulf. Read more

South Africa

Essential

Their perseverance has paid off: In the midst of the pandemic, community health workers have won a major victory in their fight for recognition and rights. By Usche Merk Read more

South Africa

Strong voice

South African health activist Lydia Cairncross spoke about the Covid-19 situation and counterstrategies at the Poverty and Health conference. By Vicky Lessing. Read more

Patents

Now or never

Those who don’t want to talk about restrictions to the patent system should not speak of global solidarity. A year in the grip of a pandemic has brought the fractures in the world into sharp relief - and called us to action. By Anne Jung Read more

World Health Assembly

Lost in (virtual) space

How to move forward in the pandemic? Geopolitical conflicts, the interests of rich countries and the exclusion of civil society make it difficult for the world to come together. By Dr. Andreas Wulf. Read more

South Africa

Strong voice

South African health activist Lydia Cairncross spoke about the Covid-19 situation and counterstrategies at the Poverty and Health conference. By Vicky Lessing. Read more

South Africa

Essential

Their perseverance has paid off: In the midst of the pandemic, community health workers have won a major victory in their fight for recognition and rights. By Usche Merk Read more

Patents

Now or never

Those who don’t want to talk about restrictions to the patent system should not speak of global solidarity. A year in the grip of a pandemic has brought the fractures in the world into sharp relief - and called us to action. By Anne Jung Read more

Projects – Projections

All articles on the topic of health

12.04.2021 A dictate of reason

Health activists on the topic of patent protection and global ways out of the pandemic. By Julian Toewe.

11.03.2021 "It's a pandemic of inequality"

Today marks the one-year anniversary of when the WHO declared the coronavirus a “pandemic”. We spoke with partners from the Global South about their experience, vaccine patents and the TRIPS waiver.

25.02.2021 “We Cannot Work In Isolation”

LGBTIQ+ have been greatly affected by the pandemic. How we, as a community organization, still manage to continue supporting our people. By Michelle Ruhonde and Mayita Tamangani.

18.02.2021 No patent protection on essential medicines and vaccines

The Covid-19 pandemic won't be over until it's over for everyone, say internationally working development and human rights organizations.

16.02.2021 "You are jeopardizing the containment of Covid-19."

"Germany is obstructing and opposing the proposal to remove intellectual property monopolies so that production of COVID-19 medical products may be expanded and diversified globally", 200 organizations from the Global South claim.

15.02.2021 Lift monopolies on COVID-19 medical products

200 organizations from 40 countries of the Global South are calling for an end to the blockade of the proposal to suspend intellectual property rights on Covid-19 medical products. We support their call.

10.02.2021 Model country Sri Lanka?

Sri Lanka's Corona policy is repeatedly celebrated internationally. An interview with feminist human rights activist Shreen Saroor on the price of an ostensible success.

02.02.2021 Role model Australia?

Assessing the centrality of border policies for the Covid responses in Australia means to discern the extent to which they might function in other parts of the world. By Brett Neilson.

31.01.2021 A story of moral failure

The promise of a globally equitable pandemic response has not been delivered. By Andreas Wulf.

29.01.2021 Not strong enough, not loud enough

“If we fail as civil society on Covid-19 it will take us many decades to recover.” South African human rights activist Mark Heywood on the global health crisis and the need of activism from the ground.