Five Ways Legal Empowerment Efforts Can Improve Maternal 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…
Recommendations for addressing bribery in the health sector
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,…
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…
In Portuguese: Defending the Right to Health in Mozambique
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.
Talking Health Rights
Cacilda Fumo is one of Namati’s health advocates – a compassionate champion of patient rights. At the 1st of May Health Center in Maputo, Mozambique, where HIV and TB patients seek treatment from an over-stretched public health service, she is a regular presence – explaining to people not only how they can stay healthy, but what they can expect…
Training Sex Workers as Paralegals
The Open Society Foundation has made a film about an innovative program training sex workers as paralegals in South Africa. Arming women with the law helps them protect their rights and their health.
Namati’s Paralegals at Work
We have produced a brochure about the impact of our work around the world. It features photographs of the paralegals who are making a difference to some of the world’s great justice issues.
The Missing Piece in the War on AIDS
Namati’s Ellie Feinglass makes a passionate case in the New York Times for the role of legal empowerment in healthcare. Read the full op ed here.
Innovative project on health accountability to launch in India
Three organizations, Nazdeek, PAJHRA, and ICAAD, have received support to create a mobile app which will make delivery of maternal health services accountable to tea garden workers in Assam, the site of India’s highest rate of maternal mortality.
‘To End Aids, We Must Fight Injustice’
Ralf Jürgens, Director of the Open Society Law and Health Initiative, explains the key role legal empowerment is playing in the struggle to end AIDS and shares a video showing the powerful grassroots efforts of UGANET paralegals in Uganda.