Jayapura, Jubi – United Nations Special Rapporteur Dainius Pûras will visit Indonesia from 22 March to 3 April 2017 to assess the realisation of the right to health in the country.
“The purpose of this visit is to learn how Indonesia endeavours to implement the right to health, including the measures the country has taken to date and the challenges it faces,” Mr. Pûras wrote in his press statement.
His visit will be the first to Indonesia by an independent expert of the UN Human Rights Council entrusted to monitor the realisation of the right of everyone to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health.
He also scheduled to visit West Papua during his visit. It will be the third visit by UN Special Rapporteur after Hina Jilani on 2008 and Manfred Nowak on 2010. Mr. Puras will examine achievements and challenges related to the enjoyment of the right to health, including the availability, accessibility, acceptability and quality of health services, goods and facilities.
Mr. Pûras will also assess factors that affect the right to health in the country, including poverty, discrimination, and social exclusion.
“I will be particularly interested in addressing specific issues during this visit, especially within the framework of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development,” Mr. Puras said.
Among these issues are: universal health coverage; maternal and children’s health; sexual and reproductive health; mental health; HIV/AIDS; and drug/ substance use and dependency.
The Special Rapporteur will examine the situation of key populations and groups, such as women, children, people with disabilities, and indigenous peoples/ Adat communities (Masyarakat Hukum Adat).
Mr. Pûras will present a comprehensive report on his visit to Indonesia to the UN Human Rights Council in June 2018. (*)