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Crowdfunder: Harnessing power of health activists to advocate solutions to global health crisis chosen by the “Article 25 Global Vote”

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Campaign: Article 25 Global Vote

Article 25 is a people’s movement for the right to health across more than 65 countries around the world and is made up of more than 15,000 health activists around the world. The name comes from the Universal Declaration of Human Rights which states health is a human right. The movement launched on October 25, 2014 with the first-ever Global Day of Action for the Right to Health.

On January 1, 2015 they will launch an online and offline Global Vote to decide which solutions to the global health crisis the movement should advocate for over the coming year.

The solutions people will vote on will be ones that affect everyone – things like fixing drug patent laws so the price of medicines is more reasonable or increasing public financing for health care so the poor and elderly can afford to see a doctor.

The solution that receives the most votes will then become the focus of an advocacy campaign-powered by tens of thousands of Article 25 health activists-to win real, concrete changes in people’s lives.

The vote will take place online and offline. Online there will be built a website where anyone can vote. Offline, organizers want to really make this vote truly inclusive: creating offline ballots and educational materials for those who don’t have access to internet, giving local advocates the ability to travel and set up get-out-the-vote days, holding educational discussions at community centers so people can make informed votes, and utilizing media and SMS-based platforms to reach as many people as possible.

In addition, to tackle inequalities in political participation, they have set global targets:
At least 15,000 people vote
At least 40 low and middle-income countries are reflected in the vote
At least 50% of voters are women
At least 60% of voters are from low-income communities

While the majority of the costs of the vote are being covered through volunteer time, they still need some funds to printing of ballots, get-out-the-vote flyers, and educational materials; transport (gas, train, car) to get out the vote to hard to reach areas;technology including website, Skype, and video of the vote.

The campaign’s goal is $7,000 and ends on January 10, 2015.

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