Address Illegal Drug Use through Health Interventions

  • November 21, 2016

Address Illegal Drug Use through Health Interventions We, the members of the Medical Action Group (MAG), a health and human rights organization composed of medical doctors, health and allied medical professionals and workers, medical & health sciences students committed to the promotion and protection of the peoples’ right to health, welcome the government’s firm resolve to eliminate the widespread use and trafficking of illegal drugs in the country. As health professionals,

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  • May 9, 2016

OPEN LETTER TO THE NEXT PHILIPPINE PRESIDENT May 10, 2016 Make Health a Priority Now that the election is over and the Filipino people have already made a decision for a meaningful change, we, the Medical Action Group, a health and human rights non-governmental organization, call on everyone especially the new administration to make health a priority if elected to office and all the voters to consider health as the

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IRCT welcomes UN resolution calling for protection of health workers around the world

  • January 20, 2015

The IRCT welcomes a landmark resolution passed by the United Nations General Assembly, calling on states to take immediate steps to ensure the protection of health workers across the world. The first of its kind to recognise the severity of attacks on health professionals, facilities, and patients in all circumstances, the resolution comes at a time when a growing number of doctors, nurses, community health workers and other health providers are

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  • October 10, 2014

A discussion in the light of World Mental Health Day, 10 October 2014 The Medical Action Group (MAG) has recently received a query from AB Communication undergraduate students of the Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU) who are conducting a study on the health condition of mentally-ill inmates in the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) as part of their academic requirements. An SMS and later a formal letter was sent and addressed

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Millions may lose access to necessary generic medicines

  • January 28, 2011

The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the right to health, Anand Grover, warns that the “EU-India draft Free Trade Agreement (FTA) could prevent people from all over the world from gaining access to life saving and life prolonging medicines. Much of the developing world depends on India for generic medicines at affordable costs. Restrictions on generic drug production will have a devastating public health impact and affect the right to health for millions of

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Medicines priced within the Filipinos reach

  • August 12, 2008

After years of waiting for the passage of the much-contended legislation, the debacle over the Cheaper Medicines Bill hounds the public even after its celebrated passage in June of 2008. More than a roller coaster ride To say that the campaign to pass the Cheaper Medicines Bill was difficult is a complete understatement. The legislation with its noble purpose to ensure affordable medicines to Filipinos had gone through various controversies

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Some Degree of Negligence

  • November 22, 2006

In a Press Conference held early this week, Health Secretary Francisco Duque III stated that the factors which affected the seven neonatal sepsis deaths at the Rizal Medical Center (RMC) “strongly point to some degree of negligence”. He added that early onset newborn sepsis which resulted to the infants’ deaths “could not have been hospital acquired, the infection was really from the mothers.” According to the joint medical team assigned

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