Our work is grounded in the principles and values outlined in a number of international charters and declarations:
- The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948): the right to healthcare
- The Alma Ata Declaration of Primary Health Care (1978): community participation in the planning and implementation of their health care and primary healthcare as the key to health equity and social justice
- The Ottawa Charter for Health Promotion (1986): good health is a major resource for social, economic and personal development and an important dimension of quality of life. Political, economic, social, cultural, environmental, behavioural and biological factors can all favour health or be harmful to it. Health promotion is the process of enabling people to increase control over, and to improve, their health.
- UNESCO Universal Declaration on Cultural Diversity (2001)): cultural diversity is as necessary for humankind as biodiversity is for nature
- The Beijing Declaration on Traditional Medicine (2008): advocating the integration of traditional medicine (TM) into national health systems. TM covers a wide variety of therapies and practices which may vary greatly from country to country, TM may also be referred to as alternative or complementary medicine.
- The Rio Declaration on the Social Determinants of Health (2011): a commitment tackling the determinants of health, in particular – to improve daily living conditions; to tackle the inequitable distribution of power, money and resources; and to measure and understand the problem and assess the impact of action.