Promotion of health rights in Peru: an approach from the perspective of the Peruvian National Health Authority

Authors

  • Edward Mezones-Holguín Intendencia de Investigación y Desarrollo, Superintendencia Nacional de Salud. Lima, Perú. Escuela de Medicina, Universidad Peruana de Ciencias Aplicadas. Lima, Perú. Médico, maestro en Ciencias en Epidemiología Clínica
  • Ricardo Díaz-Romero Intendencia de Promoción de Derechos (IPROM), Superintendencia Nacional de Salud. Lima, Perú. médico cirujano
  • Jackeline Castillo-Jayme Intendencia de Promoción de Derechos (IPROM), Superintendencia Nacional de Salud. Lima, Perú. licenciada en Periodismo
  • María Jerí-de-Pinho Intendencia de Promoción de Derechos (IPROM), Superintendencia Nacional de Salud. Lima, Perú. licenciada en Trabajo Social
  • Vicente Benites-Zapata Intendencia de Investigación y Desarrollo, Superintendencia Nacional de Salud. Lima, Perú. Centro de Investigación de Salud Pública, Instituto de Investigación, Facultad de Medicina Humana, Universidad de San Martín de Porres. Lima, Perú. médico, maestro en ciencias en Investigación Epidemiológica
  • Edith Marquez-Bobadilla Intendencia de Investigación y Desarrollo (IID), Superintendencia Nacional de Salud (SUSALUD). Lima, Perú. licenciada en Estadística
  • César López-Dávalos Superintendencia Adjunta de Promoción y Protección de Derechos, Superintendencia Nacional de Salud. Lima, Perú. médico, especialista en Administración de Salud.
  • Flor de María Philipps-Cuba Alta Dirección, Superintendencia Nacional de Salud. Lima, Perú. Escuela de Postgrado, Universidad Peruana de Ciencias Aplicadas. Lima, Perú. médico, especialista en Administración de Salud

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.17843/rpmesp.2016.333.2302

Keywords:

Right to health, Citizen participation, Communitarian organization, Quality of health care, Health care reform, Organized groups of users, Peru

Abstract

In Peru, The National Health Authority (SUSALUD) is granted the responsibility to promote, protect and defend the health rights of every citizen. However, in the Peruvian Health System (PHS) there exists an insufficient culture of health rights, a low level of knowledge of health rights by the population, and a limited degree of cooperation between users, providers and funders. In light of this limited popular participation in the health rights of the citizenry, it has been necessary for SUSALUD to pursue various activities in order to promote the exercise of health rights by Peruvians. Among the strategies implemented are the development of Organized Boards of Users (OBU) and a Program of Integrated Actions for the Promotion of Health Rights (PIAPHI). The aim of both interventions is to increase the level of trust between citizens and government, which fosters and strengthens the capacity of citizens to pursue their health rights. In this article we begin with a brief presentation on the state of knowledge, attitudes and practices of users of the health system regarding their rights. Then we explain both programs, their goals and procedures, and a general description of their activities. Also, some indicators of process and some results are presented along with discussion and future prospects. We believe that the gradual implementation of the OBU and PIAPHI programs will enhance the participation of Peruvians in their health system, and will contribute positively to their empowerment and the pursuit of their health rights.

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Published

2016-07-27

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How to Cite

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Mezones-Holguín E, Díaz-Romero R, Castillo-Jayme J, Jerí-de-Pinho M, Benites-Zapata V, Marquez-Bobadilla E, et al. Promotion of health rights in Peru: an approach from the perspective of the Peruvian National Health Authority. Rev Peru Med Exp Salud Publica [Internet]. 2016 Jul. 27 [cited 2024 Jun. 23];33(3):520-8. Available from: https://rpmesp.ins.gob.pe/index.php/rpmesp/article/view/2302

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