International Development Research Centre (IDRC) is a Canadian Crown Corporation established by an act of Parliament in 1970 to help developing countries find solutions to their problems. The corporation encourages and supports researchers and innovators in countries to find practical, long-term solutions to reduce poverty, improve health, support innovation, and safeguard the environment.
The Center for Health, Human Rights and Development (CEHURD) has implemented a three-year project titled, “Health System Governance: Community Participation as a Key Strategy for Realizing the Right to Health”. Started in February 2012, the project is implemented within the Learning Network for Health and Human Rights of the School of Public Health and Family Medicine at the University of Cape Town (UCT) in South Africa. The Learning Network is a collaboration between academia and civil society. Coordinated by UCT, the Learning Network works to explore, develop and operationalize methods and best practices for the realization health rights.
This IDRC funded project aims to identify opportunities for best practice in Uganda and South Africa by utilising community participation as a vehicle for realising health rights. The focus of developing models for community participation in health is intended to speak to strategies that advance health equity and strengthen governance systems for health. By testing approaches and sharing experiences with rights-based approaches to health, we aspire to generate relevant knowledge other developing countries.