Centre for Human Rights and Rehabilitation (CHRR) has urged the media and civil society organisations in Dowa (CSOs) to help promote equitable health access in the country to improve health service delivery.
The organisation’s project officer, Modester Ramundi, speaking recently during a media and CSOs training in Mponela, Dowa said a vibrant media and CSOs is a catalyst to equitable health access in the country.
She said: “The two are supposed to be on the forefront civic educating communities about their health rights because their knowledge provides the basis for demanding what the state is supposed to provide to them being principle duty bearers.”
Ramundi emphatically requested the media to intensify sensitizing commlunities on their health rights.
One of the participants of the day long training, Aunyango Nkhoma from Zodiak Broadcasting Station said the training was an eye opener saying it has helped sharpen their reporting skills on health issues.
“As journalists we have a role to play in ensuring that access to health care is sufficient and as such we need to ensure that we inform people about any shortage or maladministration to relevant authorities, ” said Nkhoma.
Centre for Human Rights and Rehabilitation ( CHRR) is implementing a health governance programme in Dowa with funds from Oxfam.