Doctors for Global Health General Assembly: July 18-20 2008, Iowa City

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Doctors for Global Health will be holding its 13th Annual General Assembly from July 18-20th in Iowa City. DGH is a organization of health activists that was founded in 1995 in solidarity with communities in war-torn Morazan Province in El Salvador. It has grown quickly over the past 13 years and now has projects throughout the world.  [Information on registration for the conference can be found at their website.]

The theme for this year’s DGH General Assembly will be “Advancing the Right to Health: Challenges, Models, Means and Mechanisms.” Among the speakers is Arjun Makhijani, PhD, author of Carbon-Free and Nuclear-Free: A Roadmap for U.S. Energy Policy. Dr. Makhijani has written widely about the dangers of nuclear weapons, depleted uranium, and nuclear power.

DGH has always had an activist and community bend. The day the conference opens (7/18) visits are planned to some of Iowa City’s local projects including the Proteus project which provides healthcare to farmworkers and immigrants; The Free Clinic, one of the oldest in the country, serving new Iowa communities without access to health care; and Scattergood School Organic Farm, part of the local food movement.

DGH promotes a vision of Liberation Medicine: “The conscious, conscientious use of health to promote human dignity and social justice.”

DGH maintains a very comprehensive and useful website where you can go for more information about the organization.

[Posting updated 6/15/08]

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