Removing legal barriers to treatment: Legal training on Health and Human Rights in Africa

Salc : Staff Writer

The Southern Africa Litigation Centre (SALC) is a regional non-profit organisation working to advance human rights and protect the rule of law in Southern Africa. SALC is hosting a regional training event for African lawyers on “Removing legal barriers to treatment: Legal training on health and human rights” with support from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) as a principle recipient in a regional grant of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.

The 3-day programme aims to train lawyers on practice and strategic litigation to support health and human rights, particularly for persons who face heightened vulnerability to HIV and TB (key populations). 60 lawyers from Botswana, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe will share experiences, strategies and best practices and workshop cases together with experts. The objectives of the training include to develop the capacities of legal practitioners in the region to successfully identify, strategize and litigate cases that advance health rights and health and to remove legal barriers to effective HIV, TB and public health responses.

“SALC is a proud partner on the Africa Regional Grant on HIV. The Grant has enabled this opportunity for lawyers from private practice, civil society and national human rights institutions from across the continent to collaborate to ensure that human rights remain central to responses to HIV and TB,” says Kaajal Ramjathan-Keogh, Executive Director of SALC.

Resource materials relating to the training will be made available on SALC’s website to ensure that legal practitioners who were not able to attend the training can also benefit.

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