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Policy brief on the right to information in the health sector

By: 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 made available, recommendations on how to ensure access to this information (via production and dissemination of information/educational materials, ensuring patients have access to their own medical records, training and supervision of health workers, building the capacity of village health committees to educate communities and strengthen accountability, and budgeting/investment).   It also includes several examples of best practices initiated by both health facility leadership and village health committees.