ZADHR calls for proper public health financing

THE Zimbabwe Association of Doctors for Human Rights (ZADHR) is calling upon government to be serious in its fiscal allocations towards the Health sector.

This comes following Treasury’s allotment of a 12.2 percent of the national budget towards the health sector.

In a statement to mark International Human Rights Day (IHRD) 2021, ZADHR said government should invest in the Health sector.

“We also urge the government of Zimbabwe to put in place measures to ensure the constitutionally-guaranteed right to healthcare is enjoyed by all Zimbabweans. More specifically, we call upon the government to increase its fiscal investments in the health sector, improve the human resources for health situation, and ensure that basic services in maternal, child and reproductive health are accessible to all those in need,” said ZADHR.

This year’s theme for the International Human Rights Day is “Equality: Reducing Inequalities and Advancing Human Rights”.

“ZADHR notes that the COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated pre-existing inequalities which the world had already been afflicted with.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed gaps in access to resources, resilience capacity and recovery between the global West and the South and between the poor and the rich. Limited access to vital COVID-19 supplies such as vaccines has also compounded the situation,” ZADHR said. “We call upon the developed world to support initiatives by the global South to end COVID-19 through stopping the hoarding of vaccines and extending them to countries of limited resources by strengthening the response capacity of the COVAX facility. The world cannot fight and win against the pandemic in an environment of inequity and inequality. Similarly, Zimbabwe must end the rural-urban divide in accessing critical COVID-19 vaccines through ensuring equitable distribution and making the vaccines accessible to all eligible Zimbabweans across the board.”

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