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IHO TOGETHER WITH MINISTRY OF HEALTH REPUBLIC OF SOUTH SUDAN VALIDATES SOUTH SUDAN PATIENTS CHARTER IN JUBA

Impact Health Organization has today launched the validatity of South Sudan Patients Charter in a move to sensitize the citizens to know their rights  to access medical health services in the country. The meeting was organized by the National Ministry of Health drawing dignitories from different health sectors in South Sudan aiming to empower health consumers to demand high quality health care, to promote the rights of patients and to improve the quality of life of all South Sudanese. As a country that has been devastated by decades of  civil war in terms of loss of human life, massive displacement, destruction of both physical and social infrastructure, and loss of human resource development opportunities including the loss of experienced health professionals. This has been combined with a lack of awareness on patients’ rights and responsibilities  which has seriously limited both access to and use of quality health services. The country has some of the highest maternal and child mortality rates in Sub-Saharan Africa and globally. For many decades now the vast majority of the South Sudanese have experienced either a denial or violation of fundamental human rights, including rights to health care services.This is because the capacity of South Sudanese to demand for their health rights is still limited due to inadequate awareness resulting from limited availability of the requisite information which translates into poor health indices.  Despite commitments by the government of South Sudan to ensure that all people access high quality health care services as granted in The Transitional Constitution of the Republic of South Sudan, 2011 (Bill of rights 31), “All levels of the government shall promote public health, establish, rehabilitate and develop basic medical and diagnostic institutions and provide free primary health care and emergency services for all citizens”. The challenge remains that there is no policy frame work to un hold this commitment. To read more of our stories please follow us on www.ihosavinglives.org

Ministry of Health Officials Paying Attention to IHO presentation on Patients Charter in Juba

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