People exercise the right to health
Health is a fundamental human right and is one of the essential conditions for exercising other human rights. The International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR) defines the right to health as everyone’s right to enjoy the highest attainable physical and mental health.
However, in reality, the right to health is currently not available for everyone to enjoy. Many people including pregnant women and children are unable to access crucial health services, which leads to high maternal mortality, child death and various infectious diseases. Every day, 830 women die from preventable causes related to pregnancy and childbirth, and 99% of all maternal deaths occur in developing countries. Furthermore, less than half of all births in lower and middle income countries were assisted by skilled health personnel.
Millions of people suffer deplorable health conditions from drinking unsafe water due to unavailability of clean and sufficient water sources.
Our health work focuses on the following three areas:
Ensuring universal access to basic health services
We facilitate provision of quality health services through policy development, organizing advocacy campaigns and capacity development of health service providers. We also support the establishment of community based health assistance.
Facilitating quality maternal and child health & sexual and reproductive health services
We put effort into promoting community awareness and capacity development of service providers for maternal and infant needs. We also hold awareness campaigns to promote healthy reproductive and sexual practices.
Provision of safe water and sanitation
We work together with communities in order to ensure sufficient and safe water for everyone. We also promote awareness of good hygiene and sanitary practices.