Health Rights

SALC’s Health Rights programme has the following objectives:

  • To reform laws, policies and practices that contribute to exclusion and discrimination in the enjoyment of health, including laws that undermine the right to informed consent.
  • To remove legal barriers to effective HIV, TB and Malaria treatment, care and prevention.
  • To develop legal protections for the dignity and human rights of people living with HIV, including challenging the unjust and overbroad criminalisation of HIV.
  • To strengthen accountability for discrimination in healthcare settings.
  • To advance the enjoyment of social and environmental determinants of health, particularly for marginalised and vulnerable populations.

On-going cases:

Nigeria: Mandatory HIV testing and dismissal of an employee on the basis of HIV-status.
Zambia: Protecting the health rights of HIV-positive prisoners.
Malawi: Supporting complaints to the Medical Council of Malawi.

Precedent cases:

Malawi: Challenging the criminalisation of breastfeeding by a woman living with HIV.
Zambia: Challenging the Mental Disorders Act of 1949
Botswana: Securing access to antiretroviral treatment for non-citizen prisoners.
Zambia: Challenging mandatory HIV testing of military employees.
Malawi: The right to bail for terminally ill prisoners awaiting trial.
Lesotho: Application for access to healthcare for military detainee.
Malawi: Case challenging unmet palliative care in detention.
Namibia: Coerced sterilisation of HIV-positive women.
Malawi: Mandatory HIV testing of women.
Zimbabwe: Protecting employees living with HIV from unlawful dismissal.

17 Jul 2018 Annabel Raw
SALC at the International AIDS Conference 2018...

SALC is attending AIDS 2018. See some highlights of our activities below.

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16 Jul 2018 Annabel Raw
Inhumane detention in Malawi – Video Series part 4...

Part 4: The call for change See the final part of the video series (produced by the Centre for Human Rights Education, Advice and Assistance (CHREAA) and SALC) on Inhumane Detention in Malawi. In this video, activists, judges, lawyers and former prisoners…

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15 Jun 2018 Staff Writer
Botswana: Challenging prescription in medical negligence claim...

In January 2017, SALC supported the filing of an appeal against a High Court decision dismissing a claim for medical negligence on the grounds that too much time had elapsed between the time of the injury and when the case…

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13 Jun 2018 Staff Writer
statement: Shining a light on the urgency of implementing the Regional Action Pl...

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23 May 2018 Tashwill Esterhuizen
Botswana: Challenging Criminalisation of Same-sex Sexual Relationships...

In September 2016, a gay man, filed an application challenging the constitutionality of sections 164(a), 164(c) and 165 of the Botswana Penal Code. These provisions criminalise same-sex sexual acts between consenting persons. The man seeks an order that the continued…

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28 Mar 2018 Annabel Raw
Equipping lawyers and activists with the skills to counter criminalisation of HI...

Johannesburg, South Africa – Strategic litigation, legal defense and advocacy efforts are vital tools to counter the criminalisation of HIV and tuberculosis (TB) and advance a human rights and evidence-based public health approach. Over 80 lawyers and activists from 27 African…

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