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May 11, 2019

Five Ways Legal Empowerment Efforts Can Improve Maternal Health

by Ellie Feinglass in Community Paralegals, Health

Over the past thirty years, we’ve seen massive overall reductions in the numbers of women dying during pregnancy and childbirth. Maternal deaths around the world dropped from an estimated 532,000 in 1990 to 303,000 in 2015. Yet inequalities are growing both between and within countries. In Mozambique, the rate of maternal mortality is among the…

April 16, 2019

Pressing for Privacy Rights – Silvia’s Story

by Namati in Community Paralegals, Health

It was at the end of 2017 that Silvia* first noticed the sores on her skin. Over the coming months, they got worse. She developed a persistent fever and was constantly exhausted. By March, her weight had dropped from 85 kgs to 70. Silvia knew what the symptoms suggested; she knew she should get an…

March 5, 2019

“I was ashamed to say what I had and how I felt…”

by Namati in Community Paralegals, Gender, Health

Chicuque Rural Hospital is a reference health facility for Maxixe District and the 2nd largest health facility in Inhambane Province, Mozambique. Since September 2017, community members were complaining about the lack of privacy in the health facility due to inadequate space for consultations. According to the community, it was common for two providers to attend…

May 6, 2018

Delivering Maternal Rights and Justice in Mozambique

by Namati in Community Paralegals, Gender, Health

When Mariamo* arrived at her local health center in Mozambique on a Sunday night in April 2017, she found the maternity ward empty. Her labor pains were intense. A security guard ran to the staff living quarters to inform the nurse on night duty. Without performing a physical exam, the nurse declared that Mariamo was not yet…

February 28, 2017

Sensitizing Health Workers to the Needs of the Elderly in Mozambique

by Ellie Feinglass in Community Paralegals, Health

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,…

December 13, 2016

Privacy for Patients

by Ellie Feinglass in Community Paralegals, Health

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…

December 13, 2016

Delivery Amid Abuse

by Ellie Feinglass in Community Paralegals, Gender, Health

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…

October 12, 2015

Recommendations for addressing bribery in the health sector

by Namati Mozambique in Health

Namati Mozambique has produced an essential guide for patients and specialist on how to avoid bribery in the Mozambican health sector. The guide contains a series of recommendations for both policy and practice focused on the identification, prevention and combat of bribery in the health sector in Mozambique. It is a practical tool that can be used by patients,…

June 3, 2015

Spring 2015 Program Update: Realizing the Right to Health

by Ellie Feinglass in Health, Namati News

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…

April 28, 2015

In Portuguese: Defending the Right to Health in Mozambique

by Verdade in Health

The Mozambican newspaper Verdade has published a profile of Namati’s work, explaining how we use health advocates to defend patients’ rights to healthcare. The article is available at this link in Portuguese.