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Medact logo 2015
Founded 1992 (1992)
Type Charity for health professionals
Area served
Slogan Challenging barriers to health
Mission Educate and inform the wider health community on the issues it works on; and to lobby and campaign for change

Medact is an organisation of British health professionals concerned with nuclear proliferation and other problems of a global nature.

Medact's history[edit]

Pamphlet: The medical consequences of nuclear war.

Medact grew out of the medical peace movement of the 1950s and 1960s and was formed from the merger of the Medical Association for the Prevention of War (MAPW) and the Medical Campaign Against Nuclear Weapons (MCANW). Members protested against the British replacement of the Trident system.

Medact is affiliated to International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War.[1]

Medact's previous work[edit]

Medact has been tracking the health impact of the war in Iraq.[2] They have issued a three reports and two shorter 'updates', have defended the Lancet surveys of casualties of the Iraq War and, as part of the Count the Casualties campaign have called for an independent investigation into increased mortality in Iraq.[3]

Medact has produced reports documenting the phenomenon of health worker migration from less economically developed nations to rich countries, which they describe as a "perverse subsidy".[4]

Medact also work on the health of refugees in the UK, in particular documenting and challenging barriers to healthcare.

Medact have been involved in the Global Health Watch, a civil society project aiming to produce alternative versions of the World Health Organisation's annual World Health Report.[5]



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