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.
A Medact member and Consultant doctor discusses the Indian government’s mismanaged and authoritarian response to the Coronavirus pandemic. They analyse the social impact of the measures taken and the ideology that has driven decision making during the public health crisis.
To commemorate the TPNW entry into force, one of Medact’s long-standing members, Dr. Elisabeth McElderry, takes us through the years, describing the very active role health workers’ have taken in anti-nuclear and peace campaigning.
This Friday 22nd January, the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons is entering into international law! 🕊️ This is a big step toward the total elimination of nuclear weapons. ⚖️ The Treaty means that all nuclear weapons activity will be illegal under...
Our friends at Musicians for Peace and Disarmament have organised a sequence of short musical performances to mark and to celebrate the coming into international law of UN’s Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. They will be joined by guest speaker Dr. Tilman Ruff.