Jarmila Marsalkova passes
President of the Czech Republic affiliate
Jarmila Marsalkova died on 25 June 2016 very peacefully at her son's house in the mountains in the Czech Republic. Many in IPPNW will remember her as the long-standing President of the Czechoslovak and later Czech Republic affiliate of IPPNW throughout the Cold War and early 90s. Jarmila was very active in promoting nuclear disarmament even in later years, despite severe health problems. She showed great courage in promoting IPPNW even during difficult times. She was a dear friend and an example to us all.
IPPNW responds to Obama Hiroshima visit
Dear President Obama: We applaud your decision to bear witness to the ghastly horrors that befell the citizens of Hiroshima, and to meet with Hibakusha. However, we deeply regret that you made no commitments to ensure that nuclear weapons are never used again.
Global health federations issue collective appeal for prohibition and elimination of nuclear weapons
The leading international federations representing the world’s physicians, public health professionals, and nurses have told a special UN working group that the medical and scientific evidence about the consequences of nuclear weapons requires urgent action to prohibit and eliminate them as “the only course of action commensurate with the existential danger they pose.”
93% of Germans reject nuclear weapons
Geneva, Switzerland - International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons
The overwhelming majority of Germans – a staggering 93 per cent – want nuclear weapons to be banned just as chemical and biological weapons have been banned, according to an opinion poll commissioned by the German chapter of the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW), an ICAN partner organization.
#StopTrident march in London
On Saturday 27th February, Medact members and supporters joined an estimated 20,000 people on the #StopTrident march to highlight the health impact and humanitarian consequences of the use of nuclear weapons. Trident, and nuclear weapons in general, represent the most destructive weapons on the planet. Trident consists of four submarines with a total of up to 160 nuclear warheads between them. Each one of these warheads is eight times more powerful than the atomic bomb which was dropped on Hiroshima. This bomb caused an estimated 140 000 deaths, including 90% of all physicians and nurses in Hiroshima, along with widespread long-term health effects like cancer. Read this blog article by Frank Boulton and Ben Clavey of Medact.
Dutch medical appeal for nuclear disarmament
by Peter Buijs and Lode Wigersma
In September 2015, on the UN International Day for Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons, a medical appeal for nuclear disarmament was presented in Amsterdam (see below). This declaration, signed with remarkable enthusiasm by 100 leading Dutch healthcare executives, clinicians, and scientists, is meant to put the urgent need for nuclear disarmament back on the societal and political agenda—not from an ideological or political viewpoint, but from a medical humanitarian one. It is now circulating within the Dutch medical community, and will be officially presented to Parliament in the coming months. That day the NVMP, the Dutch affiliate of the International Physicians for Prevention of Nuclear War, organised a symposium about nuclear weapons for physicians and other medical professionals. It covered the medical humanitarian consequences of nuclear weapon use, and the position and role of Dutch healthcare and its allies.
Peace Finally Makes Global Agenda
2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development
Promoting peace, justice and inclusive societies – Goal 16 - is one of 17 Global Goals that make up the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (SDGs). SDG 16 aims to significantly reduce all forms of violence, and work with governments and communities to find lasting solutions to conflict and insecurity. Specific goals within SDG 16 include to, “significantly reduce illicit financial and arms flows,” and, to “end abuse, exploitation, trafficking and all forms of violence against and torture of children.” IPPNW will address SDG 16 and firearm violence as a public health issue at the June U.N. Programme of Action on Small Arms 6th Biennial Meeting of States.
IPPNW founder Dr. Herbert L. Abrams dies at 95
Obituary in New York Times
Dr. Herbert L. Abrams, a radiologist at Stanford and Harvard universities and a founder of International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War, which won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1985 for its work in publicizing the health consequences of atomic warfare, died on Jan. 20 at his home in Palo Alto, California. With a group of American and Soviet doctors, he helped create International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War, with the goal of publicizing the health risks of a nuclear exchange and countering theories that physicians might be able to save enough people to continue civilized life. He later called nuclear weapons and nuclear war “the central health issue of the 20th century".