CHAIR PERSON'S STATEMENT:
CELEBRATING A DECADE OF HEALTH AND HUMAN RIGHTS ADVOCACY IN ZIMBABWE
The Zimbabwe Association of Doctors for Human Rights (ZADHR) is celebrating ten years of existence. It was formed in November 2002 by a group of doctors and other health professionals against a backdrop of political violence in Zimbabwe. The combined conscience of this group of men and women compelled this group – realising that as frontline witnesses to the impact of social ills - health professional had a responsibility to speak out and to engage where necessary as on behalf of the vulnerable.
This was not a novel concept as the famous Physicians for Human Rights organization was in existence in other parts of the world. It was a Zimbabwean, home grown response tailored for home grown problem solving.
As the years have passed, the agenda of the organization has also grown to embrace the full spectrum of health and the human rights agenda. Yet from its inception, the vision of the organization has been clear: “the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of health by all Zimbabweans through a health service and health service providers that promote the right to health”
The position of ZADHR is unique in that it is both a professional association as well as a civil society player, using the strengths of both constituencies to advance the agenda of health as a human right in Zimbabwe.