Community Empowerment

The Community Empowerment program aims at building community capacities and resources for health and human rights. Through this program CEHURD will mobilize communities and work with existing community networks to create knowledge and awareness for improved realization of health and human rights.

Main objectives
1. To work with the communities to generate empirical evidence for advocacy on health and human rights.
2. To empower communities to demand for policy change in health and human rights.

Specific objectives
a) Create awareness and ensure an understanding of intellectual property rights and human rights at community level.
b) Initiate Participatory research on the status of Reproductive and maternal health rights at community level.
c) Promote mental health rights through community engagement.
d) Increase demand, provision and utilisation of TB and HIV/AIDS services amongst the communities
e) Work with communities to generate empirical evidence on the availability, perceptions and practices of Traditional medicines and knowledge.
f) Work with communities to demand for improvement of the Social determinants that have an impact on health

• Community engagement through public hearings and dissemination
• Developing, publication and dissemination of easy to read materials on Intellectual Property
• Media engagements through press conferences, public editorials and opinions in newspapers, websites, social media, Radio talk shows, radio spots messages etc
• Carry out a baseline survey and follow up studies to understand the issues affecting reproductive and maternal health rights in order to increase community participation
• Creating community health advocates on reproductive and maternal health rights
• Carrying out community dialogues and talk shows to help the community easily understand social determinants of health, the barriers to uptake of reproductive and maternal health services and influence policy change.
• Engaging leaders at local levels including the LCs, Clan leaders and Religious leaders to talk about mental health rights
• Community sensitisation through trainings on how to better handle persons with mental disabilities, how to relate with them.
• Consolidating and strengthening the relationship between the health workers and the users of the TB and HIV/AIDS services through engaging focus group discussions
• Document and disseminate the findings on the consumption of the TB and HIV/AIDS services
• Training communities on human rights issues pertaining to TB and HIV/AIDS services
• Promote community appreciation and use of traditional medicines and knowledge through the use of IEC materials.
• Work with communities and key organisations dealing in traditional medicines to carry out research on the available medicines, practices and knowledge.
• Empower the community to advocate for a sound policy on traditional medicines, knowledge and practices
• Work with the community to identify health rights violations that call for immediate legal redress.

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