We believe our approach to health is distinctive in two ways:
We have built up long-term relationships and trust with many of the poorest and most marginalised communities. They may be on the edge of society because of ethnicity or culture, gender, geography, politics, economics – or any combination of these.
For these people every day is a fight for life and health, against all the odds – and we are on their side, fighting with them.
They never let us forget that a commitment to improving health requires a commitment to ending poverty. The two are inseparable.
Poor health and poverty are each a key cause and consequence of the other. By addressing both at the same time we can improve one by improving the other.
Health Poverty Action recognises health as a fundamental human right, not simply a medical challenge.
The world’s poorest also have this right – they should be aware of it and able to insist it is recognised. They need a voice, and we help them raise it.
The communities Health Poverty Action works with seem to come near the bottom of everyone else’s list – we put them at the top of ours.
We believe our approach to health is distinctive in two…