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Health is a fundamental human right for all citizens and it is the duty of all governments to ensure that right.


Public health care shall be provided in accordance with the following principles:

  • Universality: health care shall be available to 100 per cent of the population.
  • Accessibility: there shall be no barriers of access to health.
  • Comprehensiveness: health services shall include: medical, hospital, physician services, drugs, mental health, care for the frail, elderly and disabled, social security, and all social and ancillary services.
  • Affordability of drugs: governments shall ensure that medically necessary drugs are affordable for its citizens.
  • Integration: all health services and social security shall be a single integrated system designed to improve social determinants of health (e.g., economic condition, education, housing, environment, employment, working conditions).
  • Funding: health care shall be available to citizens at no cost with no user fees or extra charges.
  • Health as a common social good: health services shall not be treated as market goods and shall be delivered by public sector workers in not-for-profit facilities and settings.
  • Free collective bargaining: All health care workers shall have the right to form unions and to bargain collective agreements freely.


We demand:

  • All governments guarantee health for their citizens and provide health care in accordance with the above principles.
  • Health and health care services be excluded from all free trade agreements.


We support the following actions:

  • Promote International Health Workers’ Day on April 7 of each year with actions and campaigns in each country.
  • Take action collectively to protest trade agreements.
  • Continue to fight the privatization of health care in each of our countries.
  • Fight for public pensions and worker control of all pension plans.
  • Condemn regimes everywhere (but especially in Colombia) that seek to repress popular support for unions and public services for citizens.
  • Affirm our support for the Cuban people’s struggle to preserve their self-determination and condemn the genocidal embargo that they have been subject to for more than 40 years.
  • Express our solidarity and support for the Venezuelan people and the Bolivarian Revolutionary Process.
  • Support a communications network, including a web site, to disseminate information.