RIGHT TO HEALTH

The right to health is a fundamental human right to guarantee all people live in dignity. Hello Pretty is committed to amplifying equal and just access to health in the communities we work with.

Ensuring the universal right to health

We believe that everyone has both a right to health and reproductive self-determination. Hello Pretty’s multi-dimensional health programs address barriers at the individual, social and structural level, and includes scaling up our existing expertise on epidemics and diseases to meet the ongoing challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Hello Pretty focuses on building resilient, equitable, and accountable health systems that can respond to shocks and crises and that provide sustainable access to quality health services for all.

Globally, the right to health is undermined by persistent economic and social inequities, as well as ongoing threats to health security posed by increases in the number, scale, scope, and duration of humanitarian disasters. Restrictive gender norms and gender inequalities are replicated and reinforced in health systems, contributing poorer outcomes for women and girls in their health and lived experiences.

Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, many health systems were struggling to adequately meet the health needs, particularly the sexual and reproductive health needs, of the populations they were meant to serve. The pandemic’s impact has further strained these systems and put hard-won gains in health equity and gender justice at risk.

What is Hello Pretty doing to improve access to healthcare?

Hello Pretty’s added value continues to be its equity and rights-based approach to health and health systems. We seek to:

  • Build assets and agency of women, girls, and other groups facing injustice
  • Change the power relations to enable collective voice and well-being
  • Transform health systems and structures to enable universal access to health

Hello Pretty and partners have helped over 3000 people in Kenya exercise their rights to health, particularly for education, food, water sexual and reproductive health. Looking ahead as part of our 2030 strategy, we aim to amplify our reach to over 10 million people.

Hello Pretty works with community groups and leaders and local health authorities to catalyze community-led collective action, mobilize public demand, and build institutional commitments and to change institutional practices and policies.

Our global health work focuses in four areas:

  • Strengthening local health systems and community-based organizations
  • Supporting marginalized population groups, especially adolescents, to exercise their right to health
  • Increasing access to quality health services, including sexual and reproductive health and rights services, in humanitarian and fragile settings
  • Preparing and responding to public health emergency preparedness