Ref: 46/2019

The Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) concluded on Thursday, 10 October 2019, the seventh training course within its series on “Human rights and the Mechanisms to Promote the Right to Health” with the participation of 25 representatives from six non-governmental organizations working in the health sector in the Gaza Strip.

This training course comes as part of PCHR’s long-term efforts in promoting and disseminating the culture of human rights, and deepening health sector professionals’ understanding of the right to health. It focuses on capacity building of medical crews to provide proper health care in accordance with human rights standards to fulfill the right to the highest attainable standard of health in the Gaza Strip, in promotion of human rights, particularly the right to health. It also aims at strengthening individual participation in community building.

The training course is part of a project to promote, respect, and fulfill the right to the highest attainable standard of health in the Gaza Strip.  The 3-year project is funded by the European Union (EU) and implemented by PCHR in partnership with the Palestinian Medical Relief Society (PMRS.)  The project aims to improve access to healthcare, legal counseling and legal assistance for a number of Palestinian patients; to mainstream the culture of international human rights and humanitarian law, particularly the right to health, by building the capacities of those working in the health sector; and to promote improved monitoring, documenting and reporting of violations of the right to health.  It should be noted that 8 training courses will be held during this year targeting 200 members of the medical personnel and activists in the Gaza Strip.

The training course program addressed several topics that meet the needs of the targeted group relevant to human rights as it includes the following: the International Bill of Human Rights and its 3 components; right to health in the international human rights law and international humanitarian law; Palestine’s obligations to realize the right to health; tort liability resulting from medical errors and medical negligence and its impact on the right to health; women’s and children’s rights from the perspective of the right to health; World Health Organization (WHO) and its role in promoting the right to health; Special Rapporteur on the right of everyone to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health; the mechanisms to promote the freedom of movement and right to health (PCHR as an example); the measures to monitor and document violations of the right to health and legal follow-up mechanism.

The participants emphasized the great importance of this training program in terms of NGO capacity building, particularly primary healthcare organizations, to improve the access to healthcare services and promote society’s access to healthcare. In addition, they highlighted the importance of raising their awareness of the concepts relevant to the right to health; adding that they received new knowledge as the training course had rich topics focusing on human rights in general and the right to health in particular. Furthermore, they praised the proficiency of the trainees and the various training methods they used in managing the training sessions.