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Title:Human rights-based accountability for healthcare in Uganda
Author:Malagala, Tenywa AloysiusISNI
Periodical:East African Journal of Peace and Human Rights (ISSN 1021-8858)
Geographic term:Uganda
Subjects:health care
access to health care
social and economic rights
Abstract:The promotion of the right to health involves, among other things, the eradication of injustices such as the discrimination and stigmatization of patients by health service providers. This article argues that a human rights-based accountability promotes health as a human right proper to every human being, for which all duty bearers must be held accountable. It establishes that progress lies in enabling people to have a say in matters regarding their health, and in demanding that they be treated with dignity and respect for all their rights. It is shown that rights-based accountability for health calls for the design and implementation of health-related programmes that reflect ten key principles of a right to health analytical framework. These include: (a) recognition of the international, regional and national human rights laws, norms and standards; (b) resource constraints and progressive realization; (c) obligation of immediate effect; (d)freedoms and entitlements; (e) available, accessible, acceptable and quality; (f) obligation to respect, protect and fulfil; (g) non-discrimination, equality and vulnerability; (h) accountability; (i) active and informed participation; and (j) empowerment and international assistance and cooperation. Notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]