Health and Health Policy in Iraq

Three of the authors of this series of reports have collaborated on a response to the release of the findings of the Chilcot inquiry Medact has produced a total of 5 reports on the health effects of the Iraq War. The first, in 2002, considered the risks prior to the...

Trident

Nuclear weapons continue to pose a profound threat to human life on the planet. This section of the website includes material on the history of nuclear weapons and their effects, why they are still such a threat and why the UK should not be renewing Trident. The UK...

Militarisation

Militarisation 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...

Sustainable Diets

“What, and how much we eat directly affects what, and how much is produced. We therefore need to consume more “sustainable diets” – diets that have lower environmental impacts, and are healthier.”  Garnett 2014 In the UK we are consuming more...

Health Impact Assessments

There is a wealth of data and research on the devastating consequences for health of violent conflict. Up until now this research has not been used by decision makers in their deliberations when deciding whether to engage in military action. Medact believes that if...

Drones

Medact published a report in 2012, and an update in 2013, outlining the many reasons why health professionals are deeply concerned about the increasing use of drones. These concerns range from the number of deaths and injuries of civilians (a study reported in the New...

Tax & Health

Severe resource constraints in the wake of the financial crisis have made the provision of health care more difficult than ever. In the UK, the NHS is facing the largest round of cuts in government spending ever proposed. And these cuts are already having an impact:...