New project aims to reduce human rights barriers to health services

Tuberculosis Botswana

Sponsored by the Global Fund, the Program on Global Health & Human Rights has launched a new project with John Snow, Inc. (JSI) to help reduce human rights barriers for health services.

In May, professors Sofia Gruskin and Laura Ferguson attended a meeting with partners at Global Fund headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, to plan next steps. The project will focus on human rights barriers to HIV, tuberculosis and malaria services.

The researchers will conduct baseline assessments—of existing human rights barriers to services as well as existing programs that address those barriers—in Benin, Botswana, Cameroon, Cote D’Ivoire, DRC, Ghana, Honduras, Indonesia, Jamaica, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Mozambique, Nepal, the Philippines, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Tunisia, Uganda and Ukraine.

In addition to developing project tools, the USC/JSI team is responsible for the assessments in Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, Indonesia, Kenya and Sierra Leone. The findings will support countries scale up programs to reduce human rights barriers that impede access to, and use of, services.

Other research consortia working on the project include the AIDS Project Management Group, the International Center for Research on Women, John Hopkins University, Enda Santé, Jamaica AIDS Support for Life, and Health Economics and AIDS Research Division at the University of KwaZulu Natal.