People's Health Rights
What HRLN DoesGiven the intrinsic link between health and the work that the Human Rights Law Network undertakes through its HIV/AIDS, Disability, Women, Child Rights, Sexual and Reproductive Rights Initiative, etc, this Initiative’s efforts are reflected in all our programmes.
Our primary concern is to provide legal services to persons who have been denied treatment, discriminated against, or excluded from the public health system. To this end, the PHRI has filed a series of cases relating to people’s health rights and is setting numerous legal precedents through these cases. Through the strategic use of litigation, it not only provides access to justice for individuals contesting the case, but also develops the definition and concept of people’s health rights in the Indian judiciary by developing positive case-law precedents.
PHRI firmly believes that India must provide access to free medical treatment for its poor and marginalized populations. It therefore strongly advocates against the government’s recent moves to privatize health, insisting that the health system has to prioritize the needs of the poor and needy above all else. Its lawyers and activists participate actively in national debates on health law and policy, engage in advocacy on health rights, train lawyers, activists, and the public about people’s health rights under Indian law, and collaborate with health activists around the country to monitor the implementation of existing government health schemes such as the National Rural Health Mission, the National Maternity Benefit Scheme, the Jannani Surakha Yojana, etc.
· Right to health
· Universal access to treatment
· Free access to treatment for the poor and marginalized
· Universal access to essential drugs
· Right to information
· Right to informed consent
· Right of choice
· Medical negligence
· Reasonable care
The initiative has filed a series of cases that have achieved results by ensuring the rights of persons with specific health violations. This includes a case arguing for the rights of haemophiliacs to essential life-saving drugs at affordable prices, a case ensuring that the medical costs of prisoners are borne by the state, and a case enquiring into state officials engaging in religious practices in government hospitals that was causing hardship to people whose medical treatment was cancelled as a result.
Its team has also filed a series of cases relating to the conditions of Public Health Centres, Community Health Centres, and facilities in public hospitals. Due to its legal interventions, the government has ordered that blood facilities be made available and has given directions for a number of states to conduct inquiries into their public health systems.
Karnataka High Court directs Government of India to consider modification of SOP for treatment of Covid-19 symptoms to protect patients' right of choice
A. Varughese & Anr. v. Union of India & Ors. WP No. 9773/2020 (GM-PIL)
Kerala HRLN provides medical aid to infirm, old Adivasi woman, files petition to improve quality of life
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HRLN files petition seeking action against alarming number of children dying from malnutrition in MP
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Please find the Fact Finding Report attached. Public Health Centres in South West Khasi hills Districts of Meghalay ...read more