The People’s Health Assembly draws in civil society organizations and networks, social movements, academia and other stakeholders from around the globe. It provides a unique space for strengthening solidarity, sharing experiences, mutual learning and joint strategizing for future actions. It is an assembly for and by people’s rather than an international event organized by global structures.
The first PHA was held in Savar, Bangladesh in 2000 and was attended by more than 1500 people. The People’s Charter for Health the PHM’s, founding document, was developed and endorsed at this Assembly. The second PHA was held in Cuenca, Ecuador in 2005 and attended by 1492 people. The Cuenca Declaration, issued at the conclusion of this Assembly, was designed to provide a strategic vision for the PHM.
The Third Peoples Health Assembly is to be held in Cape Town, South Africa (6-11 July 2012) and will take place at the University of the Western Cape.