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What is the Partnership for the Promotion of Patients’ Rights in Maternal, Neonatal and Infant Health in Jamaica (MNIH)?


The MNIH project is one component of the Programme for the Reduction of Maternal and Child Mortality (PROMAC), an intervention funded by the European Union (EU). It is being implemented by the Department of Community Health and Psychiatry of the University of the West Indies, Mona (UWI) and the Women’s Resource and Outreach Centre (WROC).



Health Minister, The Hon. Dr. Christopher Tufton, addressing the attendants of a ground breaking ceremony for the installation of High Dependancy Units in several hospitals across Jamaica.

The main objective of MNIH is to advocate for human rights in patients’ care, with particular focus on maternal and child health, and to improve the role and effectiveness of civil society in addressing this mandate.


The project also aims to reduce maternal and infant deaths in Jamaica and restore confidence in the public health care system through:

  • Greater acknowledgement of health rights as basic human rights reflected in the development of a Patients’ Rights and Responsibilities Charter, which is enforced through related policies

  • Support of the strengthening of the existing patients’ complaints and redress system

  • Collaboration among civil society organisations (CSOs) to advance human rights in patients’ health care

Core Outputs From MNIH

  • Knowledge and understanding of CSOs increased in order to overcome Maternal, Neonatal and Infant Health challenges in Jamaica

  • Collaboration between CSOs established

  • Partnership framework established between CSOs and health policymakers

  • Analyse the policy and legislative environment related to human rights and MNIH

  • Public awareness and social mobilisation

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