Category Archives: imperialism

Social and Structural Determinants of Health in the Philippines |

A land occupation in norther Negros, Philippines, the flag of the National Federation of Sugar Workers (NFSW) is flying

Social and Structural Determinants of Health in the Philippines |

Martha and Aiyanas, members of the Alliance for People’s Health and People’s Health Radio, recently spent 6 weeks in the Philippines working with grassroots people’s health organizations on the island of Negros.  In this episode, the first of two report backs, they reflect on the need to address structural issues (resources, land, power and control) in order to substantially improve people’s health.  On Negros, people’s organizations have begun to occupy land slated for the (inadequate, corrupt and stalled) comprehensive agrarian reform program (CARP) with dramatic results.

The show includes an interview with leading human rights advocate Toto from Escalante City in Northern Negros and movement music.  You can read more about the international work of the Alliance for People’s Health international work at and more about Martha and Aiyanas’s trip at

Another awesome blog about people’s health in the Philippines

My friend and colleague Yuly is over in the Philippines on a solidarity mission and she has started a blog about what she is learning on her journey.

Yuly is an organizer with the Alliance for People’s Health, and she also has been on People’s Health Radio a few times to share her experiences and analysis about how class oppression, sexism and racism impact people’s health.

For me looking through her pictures and writings (I haven’t gotten all the way through the entries, but I look forward to doing so) really brings me back to my own experiences in the Philippines.  I was part of a Canadian Fact Finding mission to the Philippines in 2006, specifically to investigate the  disappearing and murder of progressive organizers perpetrated by the Philippine government against their own people.  Yuly really captures in images and words the conditions that exist for peasants and working class peoples in the Philippines.  Add her to your blog roll!

One thing that stood out for me while I was there is how much richness there is in the soil and sea in the Philippines.  The landscape is so lush and full of life and yet people starve and die because their natural (including human) resources are plundered and sold off for a pittance to imperialist nations such as  Canada.  Like our mining companies, for example.

Health and Human Rights in the Philippines


What’s the state of health and human rights in the Philippines today?

We revisit the story of the Morong 43, a group of 43 community health workers detained by the Philippine Government from February to December of 2010.  What have been the impacts of the detainment and ongoing military harassment on the health workers, their families and communities?


Interview with Aiyanas Ormond – People’s Health Radio co-host and local organizer who is currently in the Philippines with his partner and children on a solidarity mission.  More information about their trip can be found at

Interview with Merry Mia-Clamor, one of the 43 health workers detained by the Philppine government.

and audio from a talk in Vancouver by Dr. Julie Caguiat, spokesperson of the Free the 43 Health Workers! Alliance.

Music by Victor Noriega, Aki Merced/Renato Reyes/Karl Ramirez, Amadou, James Caraang (Feat. Margie Banda and Sol Diana), Black Uhuru

Globalization and Health |

Globalization and Health |

We look at the impact of globalization policies of trade liberalization, privatization and deregulation on people’s health, with a focus on the Philippines.  Interviews with SFU Professor John Calvert; Dr. Chandu Claver, Chairperson of BAYAN Canada; and Alliance for People’s Health organizer Martha Roberts.

People’s Health Radio contributors Martha Roberts and Aiyanas Ormond will soon be returning to work with community based health programs in the Philippines and learn from the vibrant movement for people’s health and social  justice there.  Follow our journey at:

The Impact of Radiation on People’s Health |

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As the disaster in Japan continues to worsen, we take a look at the impact of radiation and nuclear energy on people’s health.  We talk to Glenn Alcalay about the history of US nuclear testing on the Marshall Islands, and we also talk to Dr. Dale Dewar of Physicians for Global Survival about nuclear energy in Canada and why Physicians for Global Survival have taken a stand against nuclear proliferation for the good of all humanity.

For more information about Physicians for Global Survival check out

and for more information about the research done by Glenn Alcalay on the nuclear testing perpetrated by the US on the Marshall Islands check out:

Mining and health: Canadian mining at home and abroad |

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