The Medact Arms and Militarisation Group (MAM) is a new group of Medact members who formed in 2016 to develop campaigns and projects from the grassroots UK health community about the international arms trade and the militarisation of UK society. It is coordinated by members Sarah Alhulail and Ben Clavey. Among other things, the group are currently supporting a wide campaign to end UK arms sales to Saudi Arabia given the war crimes perpetrated in Yemen, and to show solidarity with patients and health workers coming under fire in war zones. Join them by posting a ‘selfie’ photo in your scrubs on twitter with the hashtags #healthpeace #ukstoparmingsaudi and #letmetreatmypatients and @Medact.
All are welcome, and there are many ways in which members can get involved and help shape the projects and campaigns the group works on this year.
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MAM are currently encouraging the health community to campaign for the UK to cease arms sales to Saudi Arabia, in light of the Saudi Arabian-led coalition’s war crimes in Yemen, that include the targeting bombing of hospitals and health facilities. MAM have written an open letter from the health community, including signatures from leading health professionals, calling for an embargo on arms sales to Saudi Arabia. This was followed up by a personal plea to former GP and Secretary of State for the Department of International Trade Dr Liam Fox from GP trainee and MAM co-ordinator Sarah Alhulail.
The group are developing projects related to attacks on healthcare and health facilities, and the connections between militarisation and health.