SALC’s Health Rights programme has the following objectives:
- To strengthen accountability for discrimination in health care settings, including by improving the responsiveness of complaints mechanisms.
- To remove legal barriers to effective HIV, TB and Malaria treatment, care and prevention.
- To develop jurisprudence to ensure that the dignity and human rights of people living with HIV are respected and protected.
- To challenge laws, policies and practices which contribute to exclusion and discrimination, including laws which criminalise HIV transmission and which ignore the principles of informed consent in health care provision.
- To support the disability rights programme and criminal justice programme to ensure improved health care for persons with disabilities and persons in police custody and detention.
Nigeria: Case challenging unlawful HIV testing and dismissal on the basis of HIV status.
Zimbabwe: Case challenging non-consensual disclosure of nurse’s HIV status and subsequent dismissal.
Malawi: Complaint regarding negligent death of a woman in labour.
Zambia: Case challenging prison conditions and provision of adequate food for prisoners with HIV.
Zambia: Challenging the Mental Disorders Act.
Malawi: Appeal of conviction of woman living with HIV for reckless act ‘likely to spread a disease’ after she breastfed a child.
Zambia: Challenging mandatory HIV testing of military employees.
Botswana: Challenging the refusal to provide antiretrovirals to foreign prisoners.
Malawi: Challenging refusal to grant bail for terminally ill remandees.
Lesotho: Application for access to healthcare for military detainee.
Malawi: Case challenging unmet palliative care in detention.
Namibia: Coerced sterilisation of HIV-positive women.
Malawi: Mandatory HIV testing of women.