War and conflict are major causes of human suffering. They also cause environmental degradation, perpetuate inequalities and undermine democracy. Nuclear bombs and other indiscriminate weapons of mass destruction are incompatible with the public health aims of safety and health protection.
But a vast complex of standing armies, militias, weapons manufacturers, arms traders and politicians promote war, violence and militarism out of self-interest and greed, or because they fail to see better alternatives for resolving conflict and disputes.
Health professionals have a long history of: providing humanitarian relief; facilitating ceasefires and the cessation of conflict; promoting disarmament and peacebuilding; and providing impartial evidence on the perpetration of war crimes.
Medact grew out of the medical peace movement and is the UK affiliate of the Nobel Laureate International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW).
Medact continues to promote disarmament and encourage investment in nonviolent responses to conflict; seek the abolition of nuclear weapons; and reduce the power and influence of the global military-industrial complex. It promotes the universal right to health as a platform for peace building and more effective international diplomacy and cooperation.
An online meeting to discuss the ways that health workers can take action on issues related to the Prevent duty in the NHS.
Our latest report, Racism, mental health & pre-crime policing: the ethics of Vulnerability Support Hubs, exposes a secretive counterterrorism police-led mental health project called ‘Vulnerability Support Hubs’. Thousands of individuals suspected of potential...
We have written a solidarity statement with Palestinians across Palestine – including Palestinian citizens of Israel – who on the 18th May 2021 are participating in a General Strike in an act of popular resistance in response to escalating Israeli political and military aggression.
Join our ‘health bloc’ at the National Demonstration for Palestine
Saturday 15th May is International Conscientious Objectors' Day which is an opportunity to remember all those who have refused to bear arms and participate in war, throughout history and today. Our friends at the Peace Pledge Union are organising a number of events on...