Militarisation: The action of making military in character or style; spec. transformation to military methods or status, esp. by the provision or expansion of military forces and other resources. (Oxford English Dictionary).

Medact believes that militarisation is an underlying and root cause of poor health worldwide. The ideology of militarism fuels growing global insecurity and provides both tacit and explicit support to the international arms trade. We therefore oppose efforts to militarise civil society and education in the UK, and urge the health community to call for a changing narrative on security. Rather than invest increasing amounts of money in militarisation, the government should be investing in our national health system, as well as in peace education, peacebuilding, and sustainable nonviolent responses to conflict.


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January 17, 2020

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