Arab Watch Report 2023: National Consultations on the Right to Health in Member Countries
The sixth Arab Watch Report (AWR2023) on Economic and Social Rights, with a focus on the Right to Health, is a collaboration between ANND and the Faculty of Health Sciences at the American University of Beirut (FHS-AUB). The report aims to provide a comprehensive and critical analysis of the status of the Right to Health in the region and prospects in a post COVID-19 era. The report, led by Dr. Sawsan Abdulrahim, Associate Professor of Public Health at FHS-AUB, will feature several national reports on the right to health, case studies, and thematic reports covering cross-cutting issues related to the Right to Health in the region and globally and is expected to be published later this year.
Among its objectives, the AWR aims to serve as a springboard for national stakeholders to advocate for the realization of the right under study in their country. To this end, between October 2022 and January 2023, several national researchers contributing to the AWR2023 on the Right to Health in Egypt, Iraq, Mauritania, Morocco, Palestine, Sudan, Tunisia, and Yemen presented the main findings of their national reports to relevant stakeholders. These national consultations, organized by ANND's local partners and members in countries across the region, are an essential part of the AWR2023 process, aiming to ensure that the national reports are developed in a participatory manner, to increase ownership of the reports' findings among national stakeholders, and to ensure that the reports' findings are localized.
Dr. Saad Zbiri presents his national report on the right to
health in Morocco to stakeholders attending the meeting online and
in-person during the national consultation on January 31, 2023.
In each country, the consultation meetings were attended by a diverse group of development actors and stakeholders. Attendees included representatives from local CSOs, local and international NGOs, trade unions, government, and media, as well as academics and students, among other relevant stakeholders. After the national researchers' presentations, attendees worked together to come up with actionable recommendations and discuss next steps to advocate on the right to health for all in their country.