Regional Focal Point Asia
The IFHHRO Regional Focal Point Asia was established in May 2006 and is since hosted by the Centre for Enquiry into Health and Allied Themes (CEHAT) in Mumbai, India. During its years of activity, the RFP has established a solid network of health and human rights organisations and professionals in the Asian region and continuously pursues the extension and strengthening of this network.
Among others, the aims of the Asian RFP are:
- Disseminating information on promoting health-related human rights in the region and enabling health professionals in monitoring the Right to Health.
- Organising regional trainings on the realisation of the Right to Health.
- Facilitating cooperation and exchange of expertise, experience, ideas on health & human rights issues, between health professionals in the region.
- Providing IFHHRO and its members with relevant information on health & human rights issues from the region.
CEHAT research centre of the Anusandahan Trust is addressing issues on the Right to Health and Health Care as well as the prevention of violence and the care for survivors. Our projects are based on its ideological commitment and priorities, and are focused on four broad themes:
- Health Services and Financing: The focus of this programme is ondeterminants of health, people’s health problems and health seeking behaviour, the structure and functioning of health care services, health expenditure and financing. It provides us with the basic critique of the existing situations, and concrete alternatives for micro and macro changes needed.
- Health Legislation and Patient’s Rights: This programme is based on our deep conviction that no system without social control and regulation would work for people and respect right to health & health care. The strategies to bring people and patients at the centre of health care, through policies and legislations need to be evolved in the specific situation of each country and society.
- Women’s health: Health and health care have strong socio-cultural dimensions.Gender is one of the most important among them. This programme not only undertakes research on women’s health, but it also informs all other programmes with the gender dimension.
- Investigation and Treatment of Psycho-social Trauma: This programmeconcentrates directly on issues related to human rights and violence, and of course also interrelates with programmes with human rights dimensions.
Since 2006 CEHAT and IFHHRO have successfully undertaken a number of activities to promote the realisation of the Right to Health.
Monitoring the Right to Health in Asia: towards a (sub)regional network
With the aim of developing a network to monitor the Right to Health in Asia, CEHAT along with IFHHRO organised a meeting in Mumbai in December 2006. The participants included representatives of various health and human rights organisations, key representatives of the medical profession (including the President of the Malaysian Medical Association and the President of the Indian Association of Medical Consultants) and a representative of the Indian National Human Rights Council.
At the end of the meeting which involved a combination of training and networking activities, the participants came to a consensus on the activities that are to be taken towards establishing a network to monitor the right to health in Asia:
• Involving students in monitoring the Right to Health
• Establishing a network for knowledge sharing
• Collating legislation on the Right to Health in each of the network countries
• Sharing experiences in training health professionals and medical students on the Right to Health.
Regional IFHHRO training on monitoring the right to health in Asia
In 2007, CEHAT in collaboration with Health Equity Initiatives, the Malaysian Medical Association and CARAM Asia organised an IFHHRO regional training on monitoring Right to Health, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The objectives of the course were to give the participants a fair background knowledge of international human rights in general and the Right to Health specifically and to provide them with tools for monitoring the Right to Health.
Consultation with the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Health
CEHAT actively participated in all consultations held with the UN Special Rapporteur and contributed through its own work on the right to healthcare in India. This has been an important collaboration of the IFHHRO and it has contributed immensely in shaping the agenda of this office. The role of health professionals in monitoring and realizing the right to healthcare has been the core contribution.
For more information please contact the IFHHRO RFP Asia at:
Survey No.2804 &2805
Aaram Society Road, VakolaSantacruz East
Mumbai - 400 055