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Updates on the Right to Health and Health Care Campaign

24 Jul 2009

Several countries have now completed the assessment and we have some campaign reports that do not live up to what a rights-based report should be. From our experience so far, we have seen that we do not offer enough human rights training to our members; following the assessment guidelines seems not to be enough for upcoming campaign implementers to prepare reports with recommendations based on HR principles of social mobilization. We are suggesting a 3-4 days training focused on the HR framework in which we will invite campaign members from all current and upcoming countries and would cover what the reports should cover and what social mobilization actions should be considered resulting from the assessment. Upcoming IPHUs would benefit from being more oriented around the right to health as the basis for social accountability and the best framework for a) evaluating the performance of health systems; b) promoting primary health care as the strategy for health system development in a way that is compatible with the right to health; and c) using the social determinants as the evidence that the previous two are needed and will lead to greater health equity. (The document that I sent attached to you today will help you further conceptualizing what we are expecting from the campaign until the time we can give all of you further training).

We have also learned that it is not really feasible to ask the participating campaign groups to directly begin national actions after completing the assessment. So far, we have been talking of national RTH campaigns (or regional in the case of large countries as the DRC and Brasil). It is now clear to us that in the action phase to follow the assessment phase we should be asking our participating circles to launch the campaign action plan only in (a) small geographic unit(s) (municipality, district, town…) where they have the most members or a community base. The experience of India shows that the campaign started like that and developed based on models of action at district level (using public hearings), leading to national actions and attention. Such a focus will allow really working with and mobilizing claim holders and targeting duty bearers (not only locally) with specific demands. This will thus now be what we are expecting you to plan for when you hold your national workshop to present the RTHC assessment report and to prepare a work plan for follow up.

Claudio Schuftan
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