The Learning Network for Health and Human Rights is a network that grew out of a research project based at the School of Public Health and Family Medicine at UCT's Medical School. It is a collection of 5 civil society organisations (The Women's Circle, Ikamva Labantu, Epilepsy South Africa, The Women on Farms Project and the Cape Metro Health Forum) as well as 3 higher education institutions (UCT, UWC and Maastricht University, in the Netherlands).
The network collaborates to explore how collective action and reflection can identify best practice with regard to using human rights to advance health issues. The work of the Learning Network seeks to operationalise the right to health as stated in South Africa’s Constitution and other international treaties and agreements. This is accomplished through a programme in which research, training and advocacy are linked to empower organisations and their members to assert rights for health.
Video on Health Committees
Below, you can find one of our latest training materials. This video explores the role of Health Committees from different perspectives – from that of a facility manager, a health care provider, health committee members and patients.
It aims to enhance understanding of what Health Committees can do, what the challenges are in building effective health committees and how they can strengthen the health system.