“Our best chance of all staying safe is to ensure a COVID-19 vaccine is available for all as a global common good. This will only be possible with a transformation in how vaccines are produced and distributed — pharmaceutical corporations must allow the COVID-19 vaccines to be produced as widely as possible by sharing their knowledge free from patents” (https://www.peoplesvaccine.org/).
“Where is the redress for decisions that deny intellectual property waivers and withhold manufacturing knowledge––decisions that lead to hundreds of thousands of premature deaths in disadvantaged countries?… This moral scandal, enabled by corporate and political permission of mass death, is tantamount to a crime against humanity. Yet we too are complicit by our silence” (Gavin Yamey & Kamran Abassi)
AMRI are active members of the Steering Committee on the People’s Vaccine Alliance Ireland calling on the Irish Government and the European Union to support Covid Vaccine Justice – a ‘People’s Vaccine’ – for everyone throughout the world: “No one is safe, until everyone is safe” (Mike Ryan). To learn more about the campaign and to get involved see: https://www.peoplesvaccine.ie/
Photos courtesy of the journal.ie
Campaign Launch: People’s Vaccine Alliance Ireland
- Dr Ciara Conlan, Co Founder of Access to Medicines Ireland
- Mustaqeem De Gama, South African Permanent Mission to the World Trade Organisation in relation to the TRIPS waiver
- Majo Rivas, Paraguayan-Irish People’s Vaccine activist
- Senator Alice-Mary Higgins, Irish Independent Politician
- Isabel Simpson, Executive Director, Médecins Sans Frontières Ireland
- Winnie Byanyima, Executive Director, UNAIDS
- Dr Michael Ryan, Executive Director, WHO Health Emergencies Programme
Obstetric Fistula – A Human Rights Response
On 17th November 2021, AMRI hosted a webinar to explore and reflect on the human rights realities of women and girls who are impacted by obstetric fistula.
Obstetric fistula is a neglected public health and human rights reality.
The experience of obstetric fistula, which results from an obstructed labour, is traumatising. It is the physical injury that results in persistent incontinence, along with other medical complications. It is also linked to one of the major causes of maternal mortality, it can lead to the delivery of stillborn babies and in some cases can result in infertility. In countries where motherhood is key to a woman’s social relevance in her community, this is devastating. There are of course longer lasting and perhaps more damaging lived experiences of injustice, trauma and denial of basic human rights.
The webinar explored and raised awareness of the human rights dimensions linked to the experience of obstetric fistula. Speakers include:
– Dr. Shershah Syed – obstetrician-gynaecologist, campaigner and visionary for women’s rights, girl’s education and safe motherhood in Pakistan
– Ms. Alice Emasu Seruyange – founder of The Association for the Rehabilitation and Re-orientation of Women for Development (TERREWODE), headquartered in Soroti in Uganda, gender activist as it relates to women and their experiences of obstetric fistula
– Sr. Mirjam Beike RGS – Representative of the Congregation of Our Lady of Charity of the Good Shepherd at the UN human rights council and related offices focusing on human trafficking and obstetric fistula
– Sr. Dr. Miriam Duggan FMSA – Obstetrician gynaecologist at St Francis’ Hospital in Kampala Uganda with the Franciscan Missionary Sisters for Africa; HIV activist in Kenya and Uganda.
– Fr. Edward Flynn CSSp – advocate for the human rights and dignity of women in Africa and South Asia in particular in raising critical awareness for the prevention of Obstetric Fistula through a human rights perspective.
Key to preventing obstetric fistula is to recognise the many dimension of the issue and to challenge the human rights violations, inequalities and disempowerment of the experiences of women and girls in poor and rural communities that result in obstetric fistula and longer term stigma and ostracization.
For more information see: https://www.prevent-fistula.org/