IPHU Kenya

Date: 
15 Mar 2018

Between 12 and 14 February, Health Poverty Action, an affiliated organization of PHM organized an IPHU in Kenia, Nairobi attended by several PHM activists. The faculty also included PHM activists from Africa and Europe.

The HPA/PHM presented useful topics on Health and Human Rights Advocacy work and presented a good learning space. Since both HPA and PHM all do work with similar objectives this workshop provided a full opportunity for practice and constructive dialogue.

The workshop was an ideal platform for any person working on health because of the diversity in participation in the sense that it brought about people from different countries, cultures, experience and of course experts in the various fields both from Africa and the north,

“Based in my opinion, I felt the workshop was well placed as a strategic think tank to enhance a constructive dialogue and collaboration on themes relevant to Health and Human Rights Advocacy to achieve positive results in our areas of work.” 

Just to highlight on sessions take away, the session on Political, Economic and Social determinants of health teaching Social determinants analysis showed that the most important determinant of health is nutrition. This was explained into digestible segments and during the session, areas for calling to action were highlighted.  Including in depth examples of social determinants of health with a few concrete examples people face within their communities.

The course began with participants presenting country case studies on key health / health system issues from their respective countries relating to the ability to identify forms of exclusion in own local or national context, which then were pulled together for overall understanding of politics of health, relating issues to grass roots programmatic work.

PHM Kenya presented following issues relating to
1.    Access to medical products including drugs etc (bureaucracies in health sector procurement procedures hampering service deliveries).
2.    Challenges relating to access to information coupled with negligence and ignorance in public health facilities for example on matters of maternal healthcare.
3.    Violations of rights provided for under article 43 (ESCR) of the constitution in this context illegal detention of patients in hospitals and PHC.

One of the common emerging issues from all presentations by representatives from the continent was violations of the Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights - SRHR  and its effects trickling to the grassroots. The lesson here was how to unpack it on different levels ie, biological, behavioral, social cultural, and structural level. In this way it’s easy to mitigate them.

As PHM Kenya we have a lot to unpack in our health systems, on PHC we should focus on its principals -:

-    Access, at community and individual level
-    How Comprehensive
-    Appropriate technology

And elements -:

-    Nutrition
-    Maternal and child care
-    Prevention and control
-    Health education
-    Treatment of communicable diseases & accidents.

We therefore as PHM Kenya should then take promotion approach because primary care include care provided at primary level but doesn’t stop at that, it goes beyond, it include promotion, prevention both clinical care and public care through advocacy at local, national and beyond using rehabilitative, curative, preventive and promotional means. 

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