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Ellie Feinglass

Namati

Mozambique

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Jun 29, 2012

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Apr 23, 2019

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The Missing Piece in the War on AIDS

Ellie Feinglass

Namati’s Ellie Feinglass makes a passionate case in the New York Times for the role of legal empowerment in healthcare. “Our strategy, if it is to be successful,” she writes, “must recognize that achieving universal access to care and treatment necessarily means addressing human rights barriers to health services. This will require confronting not only the challenges of physical distance and availability of diagnostics and drugs, but also of stigma, discrimination and quality of care.”

Transforming Policy into Justice: The Role of Health Advocates in Mozambique

Ellie Feinglass, Nadja Gomes, Vivek Maru

Despite expanding policy commitments in many poor countries, health care is often a failure at the point of delivery. Lack of information, poor enforcement, and power dynamics prevent those whose rights have been violated from pursuing redress. In Mozambique, grassroots health advocates work to address this gap between policy and reality by blending approaches known...

O Direito à Saúde Manual De Formação Para Moçambique – The Right to Health Training Manual for Mozambique

Namati

Este manual é uma ferramenta prática para capacitar as comunidades sobre o significado do direito à saúde e como identificar e liderar em caso de violação destes direitos. O manual foi preparado para ser usado por membros das comunidades, organizações da sociedade civil (GAACs, OCBs, etc.), comités de saúde e de cogestão, trabalhadores de saúde, organizações não-governamentais, instituições educacionais, ou qualquer...

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Sensitizing Health Workers to the Needs of the Elderly in Mozambique

Davide de Conceição is a Namati health advocate in Mozambique, supporting a busy facility in Inhambane Province. In 2016, he began hearing complaints from elderly patients about the lack of courtesy and respect they were shown during their clinic visits. Ministry of Health policy states that elderly patients should receive priority attention at health facilities,…

Posted February 28, 2017
Privacy for Patients

Our health advocate Lina, who works in a busy district hospital, received a complaint from a group of HIV patients regarding the lack of privacy in the hospital pharmacy.  Large numbers of patients at the were crowding around the windows where prescriptions are disbursed, making it easy for others to see which medicines each patient had been given.  A number of HIV patients reportedly…

Posted December 13, 2016
Delivery Amid Abuse

Alcina has lived her entire life in an isolated coastal village in Mozambique’s southern region, without access to electricity, running water, or transport. She gave birth to her three children at the local health center – a 17km trek from her home. Within moments of each delivery, she was forced to get out of bed…

Posted December 13, 2016
The Loss and Delay of HIV Patients’ Lab Results

At a bustling health center on the outskirts of Maputo, Mozambique, nearly 8,000 patients living with HIV receive care and treatment. Despite the high volume, the health facility did not have a CD4 machine on-site for measuring the level of immuno-suppression in HIV patients. Blood samples had to be transported to a nearby hospital for…

Posted December 9, 2016
Full Prescriptions Half Filled

When Marizinha, a patient at a bustling peri-urban health facility in Inhambane Province, Mozambique went in June to the pharmacy for a consult, the doctor wrote her a prescription for 60 pills. Just enough for one month. However, the pharmacy tech at the health center dispensed only 30 of the pills. “He acted like he…

Posted December 6, 2016
Spring 2015 Program Update: Realizing the Right to Health

Namati’s right to health program aims to improve quality of and access to basic health services using a combination of methods including greater literacy of health care and health policy, facilitated clinic-community dialogue, and pursuit of legal and administrative remedies for breaches of policy or health-related rights. We have been engaged in this work in collaboration with…

Posted June 3, 2015
Elias & Hortência

By Ellie Feinglass In late 2013, 29 year-old Elias began to notice that his body felt weak. His muscles ached, and he didn’t have the energy that he needed to tend to his fields. In November, Elias walked for over three hours to the nearest health center. Based on his symptoms, he suspected that it…

Posted November 1, 2014