HEALTH POLICY AND HEALTH SYSTEMS PROGRAMME

The programme is aimed at engaging lawmakers i.e. parliamentarians and senators on issues to do with policy in the health sector through the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Health and the http://www.kitchenrescue.com/getting-viagra Senate Thematic Committee on HIV/AIDS. It also seeks to engage the Ministry of Health and Child Welfare as the responsible ministry on issues that need attention. The desired results of the program are to be yielded through trainings of rights based approaches to health services delivery. Areas of notable concern to be focused on include the TB program; rights based analysis of legislation and policies and discussing findings of monitoring Right to Health project.

Campaign for the Inclusion of the Right to Health in the New Constitution

ZADHR’s, ‘Campaign for the Inclusion of the Right to Health in the New Constitution’ project seeks to inform the general public of the benefits of including the right to health in the constitution. It also seeks to facilitate meaningful participation of health professionals and communities in the constitutional making process with respect to the right to health. The project will run until a new constitution for the country is adopted. 
The right to health is “the right to enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health.”  Key components of the right to health include timely and www.st-martin-freiburg.de appropriate health care; adequate supply of safe water, basic sanitation, nutrition and housing; maternal, child and reproductive health; participation in health-related decision making and access to health related information.
The following are some of the reasons why the right to health should be included in the Constitution:
 

1.            A legal framework for protecting and promoting health. This is why there are laws such as the Public Health Act and Medical Services Act which regulate health services in the country. Similarly a legal framework for health as a human right is necessary. As the constitution is the supreme law of the country, this is where the guarantee for the right to health should begin. 

 

2.        Government has committed itself to fulfilling the right to health by being party to various regional and international treaties which guarantee the right to health. Including the right to health in a new constitution will bring Zimbabwe into compliance with the regional and international treaties that it is party to and viagra how much affirm government’s commitment to the health of its citizens.

 

3.            Having the right to health guaranteed by the highest law in the land will empower Zimbabweans to demand protection of the right to health and to ask political leaders to justify policy decisions that they make that negatively impact vulnerable groups and are contrary to the constitution. It will also be possible to challenge such policies and laws that violate the right to health in court.

 

4.            Economic, social and cultural rights are just as important as civil and political rights. The right to health must be guaranteed just as the right to freedom of expression, association and assembly are protected.

 
Protecting the right to health within a justiciable bill of rights means it is enforceable and can actually be claimed unlike rights stated as part of ‘National Objectives’. 

 
The success of the campaign lies in the coordinated support of civic organisations in campaigning for the prominence of socio economic and shelbyohio.org cultural rights of which the right to health is part of. ZADHR will work with civic organisations from around the country to insure that the objectives and the ultimate goal of the campaign are fulfilled. Partners include the Community Working Group on Health (CWGH), Bulawayo Agenda, Masvingo Residents and Ratepayers Association and , Mutare Residents and Ratepayers Association.
 
 
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