On an eventful Thursday evening of 7th November 2019, Center for Health, Human Rights and Development (CEHURD) had its 10 years’ celebrations at Sheraton Kampala Hotel in a memorable event for not only making 10 years of existence but for emerging as a key player in the field of advancing human rights and social justice in health; with a reputation for using bold strategies to realize and expand the right to health.
Clearly this milestone could not have been achieved overnight, it has taken
10 years of persistence, hard work, focus, determination and a clear vision to
come this far in pursuit for justice in the health sector. This is backed by
Prof. Joe Oloka Onyango, the day’s Keynote speakers’ description of CEHURD as “a
vibrant, vivacious and vigorous organisation”.
For years, CEHURD has trodden dusty roads to reach far-end vulnerable
communities as well as high-end policy making levels driven by a passion to
bridge health gaps.
“What inspired me to embark on this journey was my Mother-a retired nurse and the challenges she went through while practicing, secondly the people who were of great influence in my walk of life and lastly the question of how Lawyers could use the constitutional language to demand for an improved health system” – Mr. Mulumba Moses, Executive Director CEHURD.
It is of no wonder that CEHURD has transformed the advocacy environment
around the right to health, communities have become more aware of their right
to a proper health care system and in turn demand for it. CEHURD not only deals
in legal practice but also translates the theoretical and conceptual health issues
into research and advocacy.
“I do not take the 10 years of CEHURD for
granted, when two of my former students came to my office and said they had
started an organisation aimed at promoting the right to health and human
rights, as a founding teacher of Health & the Law and Health law and Policy
at Makerere University, I was excited.” – Prof. Ben Twinomugisha, Board Chairperson
It was on this day (7th November), that CEHURD launched its Strategic Plan
(2020-2024) –Rebound | Innovate | Sustain, which is a compass to the
five years ahead.
“It is not only a celebration for the past, it is a celebration for the
future now that the strategic plan has been launched. We very much look forward
to working closely with CEHURD in these coming years especially in areas of
Sexual Reproductive Health Rights” –Mr. Ola Hallgren, Head of Cooperation
Embassy of Sweden.
Congratulations CEHURD! To more years of impactful existence.
By Jacqueline Twemanye