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.
A concert to honour the work of GBPSR and IPPNW co-founder Dr. Bernard Lown, who, together with Dr. Evgeny Chazov of the Soviet Union, accepted the 1985 Nobel Peace Prize on IPPNW’s behalf
Every two years, one of the world's biggest arms fairs is held in London's Docklands. DSEI sees weapons and technology manufacturers from across the world come to the ExCeL Centre in London to exhibit their products to representatives of governments and regimes across...
What do you know about the Prevent counter-extremism duty in the NHS? Join us for an ‘alternative’ online training on Prevent.
Serious violence measures in the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts (PCSC) Bill undermine public health
A briefing focusing on the risks of harm associated with the proposed Serious Violence Duty (SVD) and Serious Violence Reduction Orders (SVROs) in the PCSC Bill.
Bearing Witness — a new digital campaign connects UK health workers with their peers in humanitarian disasters
‘Bearing Witness’, a new digital healthcare campaign, will seek to bring health workers in conflict zones together with those in the UK. In this blog, campaign co-founder and paediatrician Dr. Hesham Abdalla explains the reasoning behind the campaign.