Physicians for Social Responsibility
Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR) was founded in 1982. Today it unites more than a thousand current and soon-to-be Finnish physicians, dentists, veterinarians.
PSR’s mission is to raise awareness in the medical community on global ethical and social matters, and to promote safe livelihoods, equality and peace.
The organization is non-partisan and independent of companies and any commercial entities that could endanger the professional integrity of physicians. PSR does not accept financial support from the medical or pharmaceutical industries.
PSR is an affiliate of the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW) and a part of Health Action International (HAI).
The central work of PSR consists of: development cooperation, peace promotion, and social responsibility in healthcare.
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PSR implements development cooperation projects related to health issues. Current projects take place in Nepal, Somalia, and Tanzania. All projects are supported by the expert volunteer work of our members.
Nepal, mental health project: We provide high-quality community mental health services in Dang county, Nepal.
Nepal, children’s disability project: We support the access of 3-8 year-old hearing and visually disabled children to attend school in Bara county, Nepal. We also raise awareness on health issues related to eyesight and hearing.
Somalia, tuberculosis programme: We provide tuberculosis diagnostics and care, and HIV testing in Hargeisa and Mogadishu. In Hargeisa we also run a national reference laboratory, which provides quality-assurance and training for peripheral laboratories in Somaliland and.
Tanzania, project against FGM and sexual violence: We empower girls and women in the Kilimanjaro region to protect them from FGM (female genital mutilation) and sexual abuse. We also raise awareness on gender equality, FGM and sexual violence.
Funding for PSR’s development cooperation work comes from a variety of sources. The Ministry for Foreign Affairs Finland is a generous funder of PSR development cooperation work. The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria is a central donor for PSR’s programme in Somalia.
Donations are vital for PSR’s development work. You can donate to PSR’s development work here.
Get involved! For more information about our development cooperation projects: kehyjaosto[at]lsv.fi or lsv[at]lsv.fi.
Tuberculosis programme in Somalia
Tuberculosis continues to be one of the most central health problems in Somalia. Rather than fading, especially bacterial strains with resistance to drugs seem to become more prevalent, making the disease increasingly dangerous and more difficult to treat.
The expert knowledge and added value of PSR’s work in Somalia lies particularly in the diagnosis of multi-drug resistant (MDR) disease cases through cultivation and drug sensitivity assays. The strengthening of the local capacities in relation to MDR diagnosis requires committed long-term efforts.
In addition to the laboratory focus, PSR treats patients with tuberculosis according to the WHO-recommended DOTS protocol in Hargeisa and Mogadishu. The diagnostic work and the treatment results have been encouraging thus far, but new cases are continuously diagnosed. Meanwhile, the real number of infections in the area is estimated to be considerably larger than the number of confirmed cases. As part of the DOTS practice, patients are also tested for HIV in the clinics.
PSR’s intervention in Somalia is supported by: The Finnish Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, and the World Food Programme. In addition, the foundation Nummelan parantolan tutkimussäätiö supports the project. Private donations are critical for our work.
Social Responsibility in Healthcare
PSR advocates for a just and sustainable healthcare system in Finland. We critically assess the relationship between physicians and the medical industry – emphasizing the need for transparency in healthcare. We stress the right of all people to high-quality healthcare.
In our joint programme with Global Clinic (called PapeTe) we support the right of undocumented migrants (UM) to healthcare. We also support the work of volunteer doctors, nurses, midwives and psychologists at the Global Clinic. Global Clinic has offered healthcare services for UM on a voluntary basis since 2011. The
PapeTe programme offers information and advice about the healthcare of UM for patients as well as professionals working in social and health care. The PapeTe programme is funded by the Funding Centre for Social Welfare and Health Organizations.
Get involved! For more information about the PapeTe programme and Global Clinic: project coordinator Meri Korniloff, meri.korniloff[at]lsv.fi, +358 44 744 0014
PSR is a part of the Nobel Peace Prize awarded organization International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW). PSR Chair Kati Juva is IPPNW’s International Councilor. PSR is also a member of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons. The mission of this long-term work is the abolishment of all nuclear weapons.
We advocate for Finland to become more active in promoting an international agreement banning nuclear weapons. PSR delegations regularly meet representatives of the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Finland to discuss disarmament issues.
PSR’s peace work also addresses armed violence that undermines health and security. We participate in international campaigns and congresses to prevent small arms violence. PSR has published several books on nuclear weapons, small arms and disarmament.
Get involved! For more information about our peace work: Kati Juva, kati.juva[at]lsv.fi
Volunteer work of Finnish medical professionals and other volunteers is central in the Somalia tuberculosis programme. Our volunteers take part in many activities – from planning to implemention. The volunteers also train local health workers in Hargeisa, Somaliland and raise awareness on tuberculosis among migrants in Finland in f.ex reception centers.
In addition to clinical experts (lab and tuberculosis work), we welcome volunteers to take part in communications, fundraising and project implementation and monitoring activities.
Donations – small and large – are vital for our work. Donations are needed to make up the self-financing for our work. Donate here or become a monthly donor by sending an email to sihteeri[at]lsv.fi.
For more information on the project and volunteering opportunities: programme manager Mariko Sato, mariko.sato[at]lsv.fi, +358 44 744 9930