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.
Hospice community artist Marcelo Camus reacts to the appointment of William Shawcross to review the Prevent counter-extremism programme and recalls his own struggle to resist the damage done by this policy in the health sector
Medact is part of an international network IPPNW and this meeting is an opportunity to find out about their plans for the year. If you would like joining details of the meeting please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Our friends at Musicians for Peace and Disarmament are holding an online evening of folk music on Thursday 25th February at 7.15pm.
Our friends at Scottish CND are hosting an evening of conversation and readings with nuclear disarmament activist, Ray Acheson, to celebrate the release of their new book: "Banning the Bomb, Smashing the Patriarchy". On 22 January 2021, the Treaty on the Prohibition...
We are planning an all-MRN meeting to share updates from our different research streams, consider our progress in the last year and think ahead for how to build the network in 2021