Access to healthcare: 'Our health is not for sale!'

In this training module we study how universal access to qualitative healthcare is possible for everyone. We look at the role of the health system in reducing the health gap.

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Objective and target audience

This training module is an interactive instrument for activists to organise trainings and activities about the ‘how’, ‘what’ and ‘why’ of worldwide access to healthcare for all.

Components of the module

The ‘universal access to healthcare’ paper is a part of this interactive training module. The focus lies on access to healthcare in the South and how the international policy has an effect on this. We study trends in the global health policy and offer alternatives through examples of initiatives of social movements in the South.

The sessions can be offered as a whole as a training or you can take out relevant parts depending on the activity you want to organise. For every session you will find ready-made material in the form of PowerPoint presentations, clips or material for an interactive game.

You can find the background paper here

Further support

You can download this entire interactive module via the links below. Just press to orange buttons. The summary sheets provides the instructions for the different sessions.
If necessary, G3W will offer further support to organise training courses or activities based on the module. This can be linked to Train-The-Trainer sessions whereby we offer support in establishing and giving interactive training courses and activities. These sessions are offered on request to groups of participants.
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Summary sheet

I. Inequalities in health

I.1 Unequal welcoming

Game: on arrival in the hall, participants are not given the same number of tokens. The goal is the effect of surprise and to create a feeling of outrage about inequalities in health worldwide and empathy.

I.2 Quiz: Inequalities in health

Quiz with multiple-choice questions. Introduce participants to facts about worldwide inequalities in health between countries and within countries.

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II. Conceptual framework: in what way can healthcare help?

II.1 Social determinants of health

Game “living statues”: participants are introduced to the social determinants or factors that have an effect on health and acknowledge that healthcare is only one of these factors.

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II.2 Health systems and the right to health

This short presentation provides an insight to participants of the duties of governments relating to
the ‘right to health’. We explain what these duties imply, more specifically attention to access to
qualitative healthcare, but also the general living circumstances.

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III. Analysis: history and trends in health policy world wide

III.1. Timeline

During a group assesment, participants are introduced to the political-economic determinants of the worldwide health policy since World War II.

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III.2. The current mantra

2.1. Universal Health Coverage or Universal Healthcare? With a small video, a presentation and a group assesment, we give participants an insight into the meaning of Universal Health Coverage and the capacity to guarantee universal access to healthcare.

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Link to the video

2.2. Are trade and investment agreements compatible with health? Via a presentation and a group assesment, participants study the relationships between trade and investment and health.
agreements and health.

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IV. Alternatives

Participants reflect on what characterizes a good health policy. Which properties must health systems have to meet the right to health?
In group we discuss several casestudies, watch a short documentary and present our findings to each other. We close the session with a presentation.

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Link to the documentary

V. Conclusion

A summarizing presentation and discussion to digest everything we saw.

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