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To all decision makers in the field of tropical medicine and global health.

Verona Declaration The participants to the 6th European Congress on Tropical Medicine and International Health and 1st Mediterranean Conference on Migration and Travel Health, focused on Equity, Human Rights and Access to Care, emphasize the right to health as a fundamental human right for all the people irrespective of origin, ethnicity and legal status. We express our deep concern for the legislation and policies adopted by European countries with respect to migrant people. We underline that all policies and regulations that directly and indirectly put at risk the life of people and hamper their access to health, represent not only a clear violation of International human rights conventions and almost all national Constitutions, but also a public health threat. We call the governments of European countries to develop joint policies with respect to migration, making sure that these are not in violation of the fundamental human rights and particularly the right to health. We also call the academic and research institutions and civil society to continue to play a role in monitoring the health and social conditions of migrants and refugees, including any measures that discriminate against this population and which may adversely affect their health and well-being. We also acknowledge the importance of Global Health Initiatives in raising concern and channeling donors and interventions tackling some priority health problems in resource-limited settings. We strongly demand that such initiatives place the strengthening of health systems at the centre of their interventions at country level ensuring that they are integrated within the mainstream health services. We also ask to give greater prominence to addressing the social and structural determinants of people's ill-health as articulated in the WHO's Commission on Social Determinants of Health and to allocate resources to implementing the recommendations of the Commission's final report. Verona, 10th of September 2009 ---------------- Sincerely, [Your name]

Signed,

Geof Bar-David Siddharthahimsananda

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Respiratory diseases among marginal populations jeopardized everyone, aside from the humanitarian dimension and fundamental compassion. Doctors Without Borders, Doctors Without Walls and similar...

Respiratory diseases among marginal populations jeopardized everyone, aside from the humanitarian dimension and fundamental compassion. Doctors Without Borders, Doctors Without Walls and similar endeavors need to be supported in screening and treating infectious diseases whenever and wherever they crop up. This petition has 139+ baseline endorsers and was originated by the Federation of European Societies for Tropical Medicine and International Health (FESTMIH ). Initial endorsers ask for people and organizations such as ourselves to supplement the original list which you may view at this link: http://www.festmih.eu/document/2349

Why This Is Important

There is a deep concern for the legislation and policies adopted by European countries with respect to migrant people.

The VERONA DECLARATION emphasizes the right to health as a fundamental human right for all the people irrespective of origin, ethnicity and legal status.

The VERONA DECLARATION (enclosed) was issued at the end of the VI European Congress on Tropical Medicine and International Health (ECMTIH), that was held in Verona (Italy) on September 6-10, 2009.

The VERONA DECLARATION also demands that Global Health Initiatives addressing priority needs of resource-limited settings contribute to the strengthening of local health systems and give greater prominence to addressing the social and structural determinants of people's ill-health

The VERONA DECLARATION was endorsed again by the VII ECTMIH in Barcelona, October 3-6, 2011.

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