Uganda’s compliance with the right to health in selected health facilities in Kampala

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Kampala International University, School of Law
The purpose of the study was to explore Uganda’s compliance with the right to health in the health care facilities in Kampala, Uganda in relation to International law. The objectives were: to establish organizational factors that influence observance of patients’ right to health, to determine patients’ satisfaction with the health care services provided at the Kampala public health facilities in light of the right to health and to explore the extent to which the health facilities in Kampala observe the right to health. The study adopted qualitative and quantitative design. The research population was 95,177 and a sample of 110 was used including 40 health workers and 70 patients. Purposive and simple random sampling methods were used in selecting the respondents. Survey interviews were used to gather the required data while content analysis of relevant written documents was used to enrich the study. Findings indicated that the organizational factors that affect the observance of the right to health include communication on issues regarding the right to health, management related aspects such as support supervision, motivation and welfare of workers and finally occupational safety of the workers. These factors were found to be having a big influence on the observance of the right to health in health facilities of Kampala Capital City Authority. And the public health facilities in Kampala are fairly contributing to the achievement of the Right to Health despite the shocks caused by certain challenging issues such as corruption and misappropriation of resources. The study recommends that the government needs to take keen interest in developing procedures and strengthening of the systems and structures meant to safeguard the resources set aside for promoting the right to health.
A thesis presented to the School of Postgraduate Studies and Research Kampala International University Kampala, Uganda in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree Masters of Laws
Health facilities, Right to health, Kampala