Welcome and Introductory Meeting for Physicians for Human Rights at UNC

Learn about Physicians for Human Rights at UNC and our plans for the upcoming year at the School of Medicine **Lunch will be provided**

When Sep 01, 2009
from 12:00 PM to 01:00 PM
Where Bondurant G010
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                        Meeting Agenda for September 1st, 2009

·         What is PHR?    

o        Physicians for Human Rights mobilizes health professionals to advance health, dignity, and justice and promotes the right to health for all. Harnessing the specialized skills, rigor, and passion of doctors, nurses, public health specialists, and scientists, PHR investigates human rights abuses and works to stop them.

·         What can students do?

o        Student Advocacy: PHR’s Student Program strives to advance health professional students’ understanding and lifelong investment in health and human rights activism, and to cultivate their unique contributions as advocates promoting health and human rights locally, nationally and globally.

o        Today we will write to urge our NC Senator to support federal funding for needle exchange in this year’s appropriations bill. Despite evidence that needle exchange reduces the transmission of blood-borne illness, does not encourage drug use, and helps people who inject drugs enter into drug treatment, the United States has prohibited the use of federal funds to support these life-saving services since 1988.

·         What will we be doing at UNC’s Chapter?

o        Advocacy, forums, campaigns, travel to regional institutes.

·         Campaigns we will work on this year:  Each campaign will have a student-run committee. Please volunteer to be a committee leader for one of the campaigns below!

o        Health and Human Rights Education:   

            • PHR believes that health and human rights curriculum prepares health professional students to better fulfill this obligation. This curriculum examines the root causes of ill health and provides a legal, philosophical and operational framework to build health systems and tackle disease. Incorporating a health and human rights framework in the academic setting promotes a rights-based culture in the health professions that can help students become both effective caregivers and advocates for advancing health.

o        Students Taking Action on Global AIDs:

            •  The HIV/AIDS pandemic is arguably the greatest health crisis of our time. The Health Action AIDS Campaign at Physicians for Human Rights mobilizes health professionals to support a comprehensive AIDS strategy and advocates for unprecedented funds to combat the disease.

o        Campaigns Against Torture:

            •    In response to the systematic infliction of psychological and physical torture by US forces, PHR's Campaign Against Torture seeks to restore the US commitment against torture, to ensure humane treatment of detainees, and to protect US health personnel from complicity in mistreatment and harm.

o        Campaigns to Ban Landmines:

            •          Deadly artifacts of past wars, landmines are responsible for the death and maiming of thousands of innocent civilian men, women, and children in countries already ravaged by the economic, environmental, and psychological scars of violent conflict. Most countries have banned the weapon, but not yet the United States.

·         Awareness Committee:

o        Locally and globally! Build awareness on any issues outside of the PHR campaigns. Host speakers, screen documentaries, build alliances with student organizations on the undergraduate campus. Find a way to encourage awareness at UNC School of Medicine.

·         PHR Dialog Sessions: We hope to host monthly student discussions.

o        The second Tuesday of every month we will have a lunchtime conversation session.

o        We will need you to sign up to lead a discussion. Send materials regarding the topic by the first Tuesday of every month allowing for people spend the week reading.

o        Next week’s Topic will be in room Bondurant G010

·         Mid-Atlantic Advocacy Institute: George Washington University, Washington DC

o        Hosted by PHR and the George Washington University Student Chapter Saturday, November 7th 9:30am-4:30pm.

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