Region: Latin America
Source: Contribution for manual
Author: Oscar Lanza (PHM Bolivia)
Summary: Association created in La Paz in 1985, with the aim to impact on health policies from a rights based perspective. Vision: to inform the population (particularly the most marginalised) and empower them to reclaim their right to health. Tools: research, lobby, advocacy, information (incl. popular radio). Involved (young) health students/professionals and later educators etc. National spread (network). Originally informal and independent network governed through an assembly, then forced to institutionalise after an obligation by a national law, and became an NGO. Challenges: repression/obstacles by the government; donor dependency/influence; challenges in leadership renewal. Impact on national legislation (on drugs, breast milk substitutes, consumers’ rights…) + on the new Bolivian constitution (2009) with more than 40 articles linked to the right to health (although they have not yet been translated into practice, due to a lack of government will).
For more information on this experience, please wirte to Oscar Lanza at [email protected].
Key practices: structure and organisation, sustainability; advocacy, communication; networking
Read the full report here (in Spanish)