The Learning Network, established in 2008, was created as a direct result of a study that showed a need and desire for a network that could build alliances for health rights across sectors. The underlying consensus was that adopting a human rights approach ensures that organisations can work together across economic, civil and other political divides around a common agenda. We believe that human rights approaches can also provide additional opportunities for mobilising resources, both human and financial from outside of the health sector.


The Learning Network strives to build best practice in realising the right to health through action and reflection.


“Empowering communities to be able to enjoy healthy lives”

Empowerment: means knowledge, assertiveness, critical engagement and collective action; Health: means a state of well-being determined by access to healthcare & healthy social conditions.


To empower civil society organisations to realise communities’ right to health by:

  1. Informing communities about their right to health.
  2. Documenting best practice of civil society organisations realising the right to health.
  3. Supporting advocacy around health.
  4. Promoting functional health committees with active community involvement in health.
  5. Develop ways in which health care providers and communities can collaboratively work towards the right to health.

Our Work

From our research and what we have learnt, the Learning Network is producing the following training materials and publications:: 

  • Pamphlets for community members & leaders
  • Right to health tool kits & training manuals
  • Policy brief
  • Case studies of rights violations for training & advocacy
  • Presentations to public forums
  • Seminars & workshops
  • Papers for publication
  • A skills audit of health committees
  • Documenting right to health of Civil Society Organisations (CSOs)
  • Training materials for strengthening community systems