#Justice4Nanteza: High Court rules in favour of right to health

The High Court of Uganda has today declared that the right to health can be justiciable in Uganda. While delivering a judgment in which The Center for Health, Human Rights and Development (CEHURD) and others sued Nakaseke District Local Administration (Civil Suit No.111 of 2012), Justice Kabiito declared that the deceased Irene Nanteza’s rights to access emergency Obstetric care, life, health, freedom from cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment and equality and those of her children were violated.

Employment Opportunity

1. Job Title: Legal Officer

Department/Group: Strategic Litigation

Reports to: Programmes Coordinator

Direct Reportees: All Programme Staff

Job Purpose: The Legal Officer will work with a group of experience lawyers to provide a cross section of legal services to health service providers.

Key Responsibilities: a) Legal Advisory and Representation

• Meet and interview clients for the purpose of identifying their grievances and planning appropriate legal solutions

• Gather evidence to inform any possible litigation cases or policy review and development process

• Represent clients in all legal proceedings including but not limited to arbitrations, negotiation, settlement meetings, court proceedings and other legal proceedings,

• Draw up legal documents for the purposes of protecting the rights and interests of the clients and/or presenting their cases before any judicial or quasi-judicial body

• Advise clients on all legal issues especially issues relating to the protection and realisation of their sexual reproductive health and rights

• Interpret laws, rulings and regulations for the purposes of explaining the law to clients

• Identify and challenge obstacles to the realisation of the right to health especially sexual and reproductive health rights

• Work with Programme managers in CEHURD to engage those in charge of setting health policies to implement the solutions reached via research. This will include but not limited to preparing Policy or Research briefs, reports, testimonies for public hearings, presentations and petitions on health policies.

• Contribute towards ensuring timely, quality and accurate programme quarterly and annual reporting

• To develop and expand CEHURD’s strategic relations and partnerships in litigation of the right to health especially sexual reproductive health rights Details of the Job Description and qualifications can be accessed here>>>

The Closing date for the receipt of applications is March 20th 2015, by 5:00pm

Minister asked to issue directive on water disconnections in public health facilities.

20th February, 2015

Press release

For immediate release

Kampala –Uganda – The Center for Health, Human Rights and Development (CEHURD) has petitioned the Uganda Human rights Commission to initiate an investigation of human rights violations that occur as result of disconnection of water supply to public health facilities by National Water and Sewerage Corporation (NWSC).

CEHURD in addition has appealed to the minister of water and Environment to invoke his powers as provided for under the Water Act to ISSUE an URGENT directive to prohibit water disconnection in public health institutions.

In the recent past, there have been frequent news reports of Mulago National referral Hospital being disconnected from water supply, Kiboga Hospital, Kawolo District hospital and most recently Bududa Hospital (See Newvision, Thursday 19th February, 2015 at Page 35 – Water Crisis Hits Bududa Hospital). The Lack of water in these health facilities has led to sanitation disease outbreaks including diarrhoea, dysentery to mention but a few.
“The right to water like other human rights creates a number of obligations on government and its agent’s m including obligations to protect respect and fulfill this human right.” Mr. Mulumba says. “The disconnection of water supply in public health institutions demonstrates the government’s failure to restrain third parties like NWSC from violating rights of its citizens of Uganda and thereby violating human rights such as rights to access water, right to health enshrined in Articles 8A, 45 and objectives XIV (b) and XX of the Constitution”, Moses Mulumba the Executive Director of CEHURD notes.

Relatedly Nyamiringa Health Centre II in Kiboga District is in dire state. “The maternity ward at this health facility cannot operate because of lack of water. Women keep trekking long distances in search for proper delivery services. Extra costs are incurred to transport expectant mothers to Hoima regional referral Hospital for the service” , Steven Maisho, HUMC Member, Nyamiringa.

In November 2002, the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights adopted General Comment No. 15 on the right to water. In its Article I.1, the committee notes that the human right to water is indispensable for leading a life in human dignity and a prerequisite for the realization of other human rights.

For more information contact info@cehurd.org, or call 0414 532283, 0702977730, 0702245536