Theme area
Values, policies and rights
Centre for Human Rights and Development (CEHURD)
Title of publication EQUINET Case study: Review of Constitutional Provisions on the Right to Health in Uganda
Date of publication
Publication type
Publication details
Review of Constitutional Provisions on the Right to Health in Uganda A case study report, CEHURD, EQUINET, Uganda
Publication status
constitution; health rights; Uganda
This case study is produced by the Centre for Human Rights and Development (CEHURD) in the theme work on health rights and law of the Regional Network for Equity in Health in East and Southern Africa (EQUINET). It examines how the right to health is enforced in Uganda, how it was implemented, and how health rights advocates have suggested the provision be constitutionally interpreted. It is a follow up on the results of work on the right to health that highlighted a need to do further studies in countries that do not have expressed provision on the rights to health. While the right to health is yet to be explicitly incorporated in the Ugandan constitution, the case study points to a number of ways to implement it within judicial, political and popular measures. Several issues merit future attention to support this, including: developing increased measures and capacities for accountability; integrating a rights based approach in a multi-sectoral response; ensuring adequate resources to the health system; strengthening judicial understanding and implementation of health rights; and strengthening issue based civil society groups and processes that are focused on advancing the right to health with the intention to realize positive public and policy outcomes.
Equinet Publication Type