Human Rights Law Network is striving to not only guarantee access to healthcare, but to assure that said healthcare is of a high quality, and is dignified for the patient.
All too often, we are collecting numerous reports of patients dying unnecessarily due to a lack of ambulances, hospitals operating under appalling conditions with no electricity and water, and healthcare staff acting disrespectfully and abusively towards patients. Many women reported neglecting to attend a hospital at all because they were so frightened of reports that they had heard regarding how staff members treat patients.
Many fact-findings conducted by HRLN where a mother or infant has died has concluded that the reason for the death can be contributed to negligence and malpractice by the doctor and other healthcare staff. Patients are being verbally harassed, insulted, physically beaten, made to share beds with multiple people, and sometimes imprisoned in healthcare centres when they cannot afford fees. This is a clear violation of the rights to life, freedom from discrimination, the right to health, and freedom from torture.
HRLN is constantly conducting fact-finding missions and subsequently filing public interest litigation petitions based on findings when a poor standard of care is resulting in morbidity and mortality. It is absolutely vital that everybody receives affordable, accessible, sanitary and high quality healthcare, with no fear of disrepsect or abuse.
Quality of Care
Efficacy, safety, cost: India’s decade-old debate on the cervical cancer vaccine erupts againAdolescents' Sexual Health and Rights, Andra Pradesh, Gujarat, Issues, News, Quality of Care, States
The debate over the use of vaccines to prevent cervical cancer in India came to the fore again last week when the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare indicated that it was unlikely to include Human Papilloma Virus or HPV vaccines in the national immunisation programme.
The health ministry’s decision
New HRLN Fact-Finding Report: Medical Negligence in Dindori District Hospital, Madhya PradeshIssues, Madhya Pradesh, Maternal Health, Quality of Care, Research and Fact Finding, States, WORK
HRLN Researcher Monalisa Burman and intern Anusha Ravishankar travelled to Chulhapani Village in Dindori District, Madhya Pradesh, to investigate a severe case of medical negligence that resulted in a pregnant woman giving birth in a field. Samar Vati was denied services, slapped and abused by healthcare staff, and turned away from
Supreme Court Orders 2017Issues, Litigation, Maternal Health, Quality of Care, Safe Abortion, WORK
Available below are all of HRLN's Reproductive Rights Initative's 2017 Orders in the Supreme Court of India.
Rajasthan Orders 2017Issues, Publication, Quality of Care, Rajasthan, States, Sterilisation, WORK
Available below are all of HRLN's Reproductive Rights Initative's 2017 Orders in the Rajasthan High Court.
Madhya Pradesh Orders 2017Issues, Litigation, Madhya Pradesh, Maternal Health, Quality of Care, States, Sterilisation, WORK
Available below are all of HRLN's Reproductive Rights Initative's 2017 Orders in the High Court of Madhya Pradesh
- Efficacy, safety, cost: India’s decade-old debate on the cervical cancer vaccine erupts again
- Sex ratio at birth dips in 17 large states, Gujarat tops list
- The fight to ban a ‘humiliating’ virginity test for newlyweds
- Times of India Interview with HRLN Bihar State Coordinator on Child Marriage
- Maharashtra Siblings Are Using WhatsApp To Campaign Against Virginity Tests In Kanjarbhat Community