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Policy brief on the right to information in the health sector

Namati Moçambique,

This policy brief presents a series of recommendations that were developed in an effort to assist the Mozambique Ministry of Health and clinical partners in improving access to information for patients/family members regarding their health and their rights as health system users.  It includes data and stories drawn from real cases, concrete examples of the type of information that should be…

Securing Community Land and Resource Rights in Africa: A Guide to Legal Reform and Best Practices

Janet Pritchard, Feja Lesniewska, Tom Lomax, Saskia Ozinga, Cynthia More,

This guide, produced by FERN, the Forest Peoples Programme (FPP), ClientEarth and the Centre for Environment and Development (CED), explains key aspects of law and land rights that are important for securing community ownership and control of land and resources – also referred to as secure land and resource tenure. It explains how to identify and…

Guia de Levantamento dos Desafios das Unidades Sanitárias

Namati Moçambique, Moçambique Ministério da Saúde,

A ferramenta de levantamento dos desafios das unidades sanitárias (US) visa sistematizar os principais desafios e reclamações sobre qualidade e humanização dos serviços de saúde através da auscultação das comunidades, dos comités de saúde e de co-gestão e humanização, e dos trabalhadores de saúde, com vista a desenvolver um plano de acção conjunto baseado nas…

Communities’ Ability in Consultations and Land Transactions: Improving the “Empowering Effect” of Tenure Security Initiatives in Rural Mozambique

Giorgia Mei, Mariagrazia Alabrese,

The 1997 Land Law in Mozambique recognizes the “Right to Use and Benefit from Land” (DUAT) in the following situations: collective or individual “customary occupation”; individual “good faith occupation”; temporary (renewable) authorization for commercial exploitation of the land to national and foreign individuals or corporate entities. Mozambique’s Land Law establishes also that in cases of…

Recognizing Rights to Natural Resources in Mozambique

Paul De Wit, Simon Norfolk, Rights and Resources Initiative,

This policy brief for the Rights and Resources Initiative is on current laws and policies surrounding community rights over land and natural resources in Mozambique.

Policy Brief on Privacy in the Health Sector

Namati,

Based on grassroots data from Namati’s right to health work in Mozambique, this policy brief contains practical recommendations for ensuring patient privacy at health facilities. This resource is in Portuguese.

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…

Five Ways Legal Empowerment Efforts Can Improve Maternal Health

Posted 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…

Pressing for Privacy Rights – Silvia’s Story

Posted 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…

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

Posted 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…

Delivering Maternal Rights and Justice in Mozambique

Posted 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…

Sensitizing Health Workers to the Needs of the Elderly in Mozambique

Posted 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,…

Privacy for Patients

Posted 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…

Delivery Amid Abuse

Posted 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…