The Zambia Union of Nurses Organisation (ZUNO) has hailed the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) for the 2017 global World Aids Day Theme “Right to Health” saying it underlines the most important component to improving healthcare delivery.
ZUNO General Secretary Mr Fray Michelo maintains that as the world pushes for human rights agenda on health, health care providers especially nurses and midwives should not be left behind, adding that no country can manage to attain the developmental goals if the right to health is neglected.
Mr Michelo stated that while more people are having access to treatment, it should be noted that there are still many more that need to be covered.
“ZUNO therefore commends the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS-UNAIDS for coming up with such a theme.” he stated.
He noted that the World Aids Day theme is in line with the 2017 Nurses Day theme which also stresses on health as a human right.
UNAIDSExecutive DirectorMichel Sidibé in a statement ahead of the 2017 World Aids
Day commemorations on 1st December, highlighted that the right to health means many different things: that no one person has a greater right to health care than anyone else; that there is adequate health-care infrastructure; that health-care services are respectful and non-discriminatory; and that health care must be medically appropriate and of good quality.
But the right to health is more than that—by attaining the right to health, people’s dreams and promises can be fulfilled.