When local PHM health activism is strong, regional and global activities are a next step to be involved in the PHM, creating the links between different levels of action that can further strengthen local and national activities.
If your country doesn’t have a country circle, then set up a PHM circle or local chapter (guidelines to be developed). Circle development is guided by the local context and issues prevalent in that country, there is no set process or structure. Most circles are initiated around a joint campaign or issue of concern uniting them.
One way to start is to find out if there are other PHM activists, IPHU alumni or participants of past PHA in your country. You can contact your regional representative or the global secretariat for this. Following this, one can then organise a civil society meeting around a specific issue and on which actions will be developed. Linking up with the global Right to Health Campaign is a popular way to initiate country activity. The only requirement is that the circle operates within the framework of the PCH.
The structure of circles is fluid and can be adapted to respond to different issues. Rigid structures take the responsiveness away. Often it involves collaboration between different organisation and individuals who all want to set up collaborative action on a specific issue. These collaborations can change depending on the issue.
For example in India, many organisation are part of PHM, not all are involved with the same intensity at the same time. When a joint issue of concern arises, it depends of the issue and whether organisations are involved and/or feel called to be part of a group for action.
Sometimes, countries within a region all face similar problems or injustices for various reasons. Some injustices cannot only be dealt with at national level because regional bodies influence the policies and decisions within countries. Often regions face similar difficulties and sharing experiences and ideas can assist in developing regional action and sometimes positive change.
The following regions are represented in the Steering Council. Please find below the contact details of the regional representatives of your region to find out names of other activists in your country and activities taking place in your region.