CALL

Publié: mai 4, 2013 dans L'appel

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CALL BY THE COLLECTIVE « FRANCE-GREECE SOLIDARITY FOR HEALTH »
TO FRENCH CITIZENS AND ORGANIZATIONS


Neoliberal austerity policies imposed by Troika with the complicity of the government are leading Greece to disaster, endangering life and health of the population. We are witnessing a resurgence of depression, proliferation of diseases such as hypertension, heart disease, cancer, as well as resurgence of long gone diseases, such as tuberculosis and malaria. An increased mortality rate is also observed due to long term unemployment. At the same time, many segments of the population (especially those who are most vulnerable: children, pregnant women, single parent families, chronically ill people, imigrants, dependent and disabled persons) are in danger, being deprived of adequate care and monitoring.

This huge rise in terms of needs is facing a public health system that collapses and is unable to address it. Public spending on health and welfare is sharply reduded whereas attendance in public hospitals is growing. This situation creates a healthcare issue that leads to a humanitarian disaster.

The amount of people who have no health insurance (more than a third of the population) and those who, while benefiting from social security coverage, can no longer afford the copayments and necessary drugs is increasing at an alarming rate.

The same policies are being developed in France and other European countries, particularly in Southern Europe, as governments are dismantling public services. We want the formation of a free, universal and quality public health service across Europe.

In such a situation, it is time to fight together in solidarity in France and Greece. In Greece, there are popular responses as social and self-managed pharmacies and dispensaries. But the needs they are required to cover exceed from far the means that they have at their disposal.

We want to give our support to these Greek solidarity networks and create this solidarity at European level by:

– Collecting and sending financial aid, medical and pharmaceutical supplies  to social dispensaries and pharmacies ;
– Informing the public about the health and social crisis in Greece and the policies which are responsable for it ;
– Facilitating direct contacts between french health facilities, associations and collectives and the social dispensaries, leading to possible collaborations;
– Creating in France and Europe a chain of solidarity involving civil society actors, professionals, politicians and unions.

We want Greece to be without memorandum, where everyone has the right to access employment, education, health, dignity. We will make all efforts needed to carry this ambition and we will take the opportunity of the Alter-Summit meeting on June 8th and 9th in Athens to organize a solidarity convoy to Greek social dispensaries.

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The first signatures

For any further information about the collective « Solidarité franco-grecque pour la Santé »,

please visit our web site :

https://solidaritefrancogrecque.wordpress.com/

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Νo de compte : CCP 27 964 96 A 020

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