GESUNDHEIT AKTIV - Anthroposophische heilkunst e.V.
GESUNDHEIT AKTIV - Anthroposophische Heilkunst e. V., based in Berlin, Germany, was established in 1952 to promote an anthroposophically based future-oriented approach to medicine.
Today the association works at the German and European level for
- Solidarity in health care
- Citizen and patient participation and influence in health care
- Promotion of health competency
- Establishment of integrative medicine accessible to all
- Free choice of therapies and self-determination of the patient
- Recognition and reimbursement of the services of complementary medicine
The association sees itself as a citizen and patient organization and it is linked to all professional groups within anthroposophic medicine, including the Medical Section at the Goetheanum (Switzerland) and the European Federation of Patients' Associations for Anthroposophic Medicine (EFPAM). In addition GESUNDHEIT AKTIV seeks to collaborate with institutions and consumer and patient organizations at home and abroad that are following a similar objective. More than 8,000 individuals and 100 organizations are members.
Areas of activity
1. Awareness raising
- Publishing and distributing brochures, audio CDs and DVDs on various topics relevant to health and a conscious lifestyle
- Publishing the journal "GESUNDHEIT AKTIV – DAS MAGAZIN" and a monthly email newsletter
- Conferences, lectures and workshops throughout Germany
- The association seeks healthy political participation at the state and federal level, as well as within the EU, aiming for freedom of therapy and prescription
- Participation in umbrella organizations: the European Federation of Natural Medicine Users (E.F.N.M.U.), the umbrella organization for anthroposophic medicine in Germany (DAMiD) and the European Federation of Patients' Associations for Anthroposophic Medicine (EFPAM)
- Engaging in dialogue with health insurance companies
- Organising and supporting health campaigns
- Dialogue with health insurance providers
- Organization and support of public health campaigns
- Advisory support for the creation of therapeutic centres and patient initiatives
- Cooperation with therapeutic institutions based on anthroposophy such as hospitals and sanatoriums