Peace Boat honoring Gregoris Lambrakis in Piraeus
On May 2, 2013 Peace boat visited again Pireas honoring the memory of Gregoris Lambrakis, MD, MP and pioner of the Aninuclear and Peace movement, who was killed in a Peace ceremony 50 years ago. The Peace Boat also delivered a message of solidarity with the Greek people who suffer from the economical crisis.
Representatives of the boat, the director Yoshioka Tatsuya and Hibakushas Nobuko Suigino Kazumi Tsuisida were accepted in the Municipality of Pireas by the Vice Mayor Mr Anastasios Karles and deputee Mr Yiannis Kardaras who wellcome them.
The member of the Greek parliement Mr Theodoros Dritsas, Mr Panos Trigazis president of PADOP, Mr K. Foteinakis president of "Friends of Nature' and Maria Arvantiri Sotiropoulou President of the Greek Affiliate of IPPNW.
New report on preventing torture
Medact's new report "Preventing Torture: the role of physicians and their professional organisations: principles and practice" was launched in September with a Comment piece in the Lancet. The report considers how professional medical bodies can more effectively work towards eliminating torture, both through the support they give their members, and in their response to medical complicity. it concludes with recommendaitons for National Medical Associations and for the World Medical Association. There is clear evidence that there is still much to be done both to protect medical professionals who expose torture, and to prevent medical complicity in it. This report is part of a 'work in progress' to address this unacceptable siutation.
A right to health for all
Medact´s 15th year
In 2006 Medact promoted the right of all people to the highest attainable standard of health inmany diverse situations. This is a right not even guaranteed to some of the most vulnerable people in the UK. Through the Refugee Health Network and the Reaching Out Project, Medact tried to ensure that "failed" asylumseekers have access to healthcare. Meanwhile the NHS continues to benefit from health professionals trained overseas, often by far poorer governments than our own.
The Refugee Camp Project
International Student Project
In the Refugee Camp project (ReCap), medical students from all over the world have the chance to live and work in a refugee camp for one month each summer, mainly working in the health units and with the children of the camps. For the past two years, our Palestinian students have hosted groups of IPPNW students in Bethlehem refugee camps and since last year, IFMSA has joined this program.