Regional Focal Point Africa
The IFHHRO Regional Focal Point AFRICA was established in 2007 and has since been hosted by Action Group for Health, Human Rights and HIV/AIDS (AGHA), Uganda.
The Regional Focal Point is charged with:
- Strengthening IFHHRO’s ties with health professionals in the region
- Strengthening the link between civil society organisations and the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Health and other UN mechanisms.
- Disseminating information on promoting health and human rights issues among health professionals, government officials, National Medical Associations, Nursing Councils, etc. in the African region.
- Assisting interested African health and human rights organisations in monitoring the right to health, including coordinating and reviewing their contributions to IFHHRO's right to health Wiki.
Since 2007 RFP Africa has successfully undertaken a number of activities to promote the realisation of the Right to Health:
- Several regional trainings on monitoring the right to health have been held for health workers from the region.
- The Regional Focal Point officer participated, designed and conducted several trainings for health professionals in African countries upon request of national organisations, such as the Uganda National Nurses and Midwives Association and the Zimbabwe Association of Doctors for Human Rights (ZADHR).
- The Regional Focal Point also closely reviews progress made by the Government of Uganda on implementing the recommendations made by the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Health in the country reports on Uganda.
Currently, activities are going on to include health and human rights in medical curricula and to promote a comprehensive health chapter in the alternative reports to the UN Treaty bodies.
The Action Group for Health, Human Rights and HIV/AIDS (AGHA) is an indigenous non-governmental organisation (NGO) founded in July 2003 to mobilize health professionals and health consumers to address issues of human rights as they relate to health, with a specific focus on HIV/AIDS. AGHA brings together doctors, nurses and other professionals with NGOs interested in promoting human rights in the health sector to create local and national networks dedicated to health advocacy.
AGHA has four primary programs:
- Health rights leadership campaign: training health workers to be human rights advocates;
- Health workforce campaign: improving the education, quality and working conditions of the health workforce;
- Anti-stigma and discrimination: training health care workers to prevent and combat stigmatisation and discrimination in health-care settings; and
- Health financing campaigns: coordinating the effort to increase Uganda’s national health-care budget while at the same time advocating for transparency in how health-care funds are being spent.
AGHA fulfills its organizational goals through four interconnected objectives:
- Training and educating health providers and the communities they serve on global health advocacy and the relationship between health and human rights;
- Conducting advocacy and media publicity for observation of human rights;
- Researching aspects of human rights violations that impair health; and
- Networking and collaborating with other human rights organisations to advocate for human rights-based health policies and programmes.
For more information please contact the IFHHRO RFP Africa:
Action Group for Health Human Rights and HIV/AIDS (AGHA)
Plot 69 Kanjokya Street, Kamwokya
P.0.Box 24667, Kampala, Uganda