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.
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...
What do you know about the Prevent counter-extremism policy in health? This training will seek to shed light on some lesser-known issues surrounding the controversial policy in healthcare.
Our Peace & Security research cluster will be meeting online on Wednesday 5th May from 7.00pm to 8.30pm. They will be working on the final edits to their Global Health Watch 6 chapter.
Join us this Saturday as we stand with people across the country taking action to #KillTheBill. The Police Crime Sentencing and Courts Bill is a dangerous and harmful piece of legislation that threatens out right to protest, directly attacks Gypsy, Roma and Traveller...