Health

ERIKS Development Partner

The Convention on the Rights of the Child is the starting point for ERIKS’ work on health

Health is more than the absence of disease, involving physical, mental and social well-being. ERIKS promotes children’s rights to health through preventive measures, such as access to safe water, hygiene, nutritious food and awareness on sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR), as well as through facilitating access to health care.

In many of the countries where ERIKS works, more than 10% of the children die before the age of five. The large majority die of preventable diseases such as malaria, pneumonia or diarrheal diseases. By access to water and sanitation and increased knowledge of the importance of vaccination, nutrition, hygiene etc., many lives can be saved. ERIKS is working to reduce child morbidity and mortality by preventive measures and facilitating access to health care.

ERIKS’ approaches:

  • To promote basic health education.
  • To promote access to water, hygiene and sanitation facilities.
  • To work for the mobilization of the target group for their access to health care, vaccinations, HIV-programs provided by government structures and programs.
  • To work to protect the child against practices and values harmful to the health of the child.
  • To improve quality of health services through training and technical assistance.

The Convention on the Rights of the Child

The Convention on the Rights of the Child is the starting point and vision for ERIKS’ work on health.

“The child has the right to enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of health and to facilities for the treatment of illness and rehabilitation of health. (Article 24)

“All appropriate measures with a view to abolishing traditional practices prejudicial to the health of children should be taken.” (Article 24)

“The child has the right to be protected from all forms of sexual exploitation and sexual abuse.” (Article 34)

“The child has the right to rest and leisure, to engage in play and recreational activities appropriate to the age of the child and to participate freely in cultural life and the arts.” (Article 31)