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Health Rights

SALC’s Health Rights programme envisions a region in which the highest attainable standard of mental and physical health is enjoyed equally with full respect for human rights, and where health service users are empowered to enforce respect for their rights.

The 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 and HIV criminalisation laws.
  • To remove legal barriers to effective HIV, tuberculosis (TB) and Malaria treatment, care and prevention and to rights-affirming mental health.
  • To develop legal protections for the dignity and human rights of people living with HIV and TB and mental health users.
  • 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.
Health RightsNewsZambia


ZAMBIA AIDS Law Research and Advocacy Network (ZARAN) has called on the legal fraternity in Zambia to use their legal skills to defend the poor who have been adversely infected with the HIV/AIDS epidemic. ZARAN board chairperson Eddie Mwitwa said the human rights of most Zambians, especially those living with…
Staff Writer
26 Aug 2010
Health RightsNewsZambia

Decision in Zambian Air Force case expected

The Judge in the Zambian Air Force case will be delivering her judgment in the High Court in Livingstone on 27 May. As you will remember, this is a case of two former Zambian Air Force employees who were allegedly tested for HIV without their consent, placed on anti-retroviral treatment without their…
Staff Writer
22 Apr 2010
Health RightsNamibiaNewsSexual and Reproductive Health Rights


Abstract  Forced and coerced sterilisation is synonymous with a paternalistic desire to control women’s reproductive capacity. It is a practice that has always targeted the most marginalised people in society, including mentally ill or disabled persons, racial minorities, poor women, and people living with specific illnesses. Throughout the early 20th century,…
Staff Writer
26 Jan 2009