Access to health a human right - IPU resolves

The ANC believes that everyone has the right to have access to health care services, including reproductive health care. Access to health is indeed a human right as the Bill of Rights also stipulates. As the ANC we therefore welcomes the landmark resolution calling for parliaments to take all legal and policy measures to achieve universal health coverage by 2030, adopted by the world’s parliaments gathered in Serbia for the 141st IPU Assembly from the 13 to 17 October 2019.

The resolution urges parliaments to put in place effective Universal Health Coverage legislation to ensure that the right to public health and medical care is guaranteed for all in law and in practice, without discrimination. The ANC believes this resolution has the potential to have a real impact on people’s lives. The policy of the ANC states  that  the  provision  of  equitable  health  care  should  be  guided by  the  aspiration  of  our  people  as  enshrined  in  the  Freedom  Charter.  It  also states that access to health care is a basic human right.

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