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E-Health Project: Medical doctors for human rights www.MD4HR.net "Access to justice of torture survivors through health information availability and accessibility"

Presenter(s) and co-author(s): Ms. Mercidita de Joya ( Medical Action Group - Phillipines ), Ms. Edeliza Hernandez ( Medical Action Group - Phillipines )

Background

The Medical Action Group (MAG) builds on the effective cooperation various health and human rights organizations and service providers to provide availability of health information and to improve the timely availability of information that are relevant to medical treatment and documentation of human rights violations such as torture.

Such information availability is important, not only for medical doctors but also for the public in reporting cases of torture through the www.MD4HR.net It offers a much more effective way of bring out information about appropriate treatment and referral for torture survivors.

Methodology

The names and location of doctors that can help MAG and other NGOs in documentation of alleged cases of human rights violations, or provide treatment to victim/s are embedded in this online database. This project intends to provide information on the health facilities and partner organizations that can help or assist in cases of human rights violations.

The website provides the names of 414 medical doctors trained by MAG in documentation of human rights violations particularly documentation of torture. Also, locations (municipality) of where the doctors are practicing and health facilities that can help them in treatment or documenting cases are here. This will be made available through the use of internet and only general information can be accessed here. Further details will need permission from MAG in order to protect the confidentiality of the information and the medical doctors from any form of reprisal.

MD4HR safeguards ensures user friendliness, easy access and utilization by those in need of medical documentation. It also guarantees protection mechanisms in place such as disclosure data, data protected and built-in digital security protection. It ensures that the links and reports are protected and more importantly acted upon.

Results

The names and location of doctors that can help in the documentation and/or provide treatment of alleged cases of human rights violations. The website provides information on the health facilities and partner organizations that can help or assist them in case of human rights violations. Thus, such information availability is important, not only for the medical doctors to make medical decisions in real time, but also for the public in reporting alleged aforementioned incidents.

However, in the first year of its operation the utilization by health professionals specifically doctors was low. Also, the reporting by the partner organization or direct victim of cases of torture through this medium was low. Thus, MAG will re-launch and package this with seminars for the health professionals and prosecutors for information dissemination and utilization.

Funding & No Conflicts Declaration

Mercidita De Joya as program manager and Edeliza Hernandez, executive director are employed by the Medical Action Group, that is supported by various funding partners.

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