Right to health: (In) congruence between the legal framework and the health system

Fernando Mitano, Carla Aparecida Arena Ventura, Mônica Cristina Ribeiro Alexandre d’Auria de Lima, Juvenal Bazilashe Balegamire, Pedro Fredemir Palha

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Objective: to discuss the right to health, incorporation into the legal instruments and the deployment in practice in the National Health System in Mozambique. Method: this is a documentary analysis of a qualitative nature, which after thorough and interpretative reading of the legal instruments and articles that deal with the right to health, access and universal coverage, resulted in the construction of three empirical categories: instruments of humans rights and their interrelationship with the development of the right to health; the national health system in Mozambique; gaps between theory and practice in the consolidation of the right to health in the country.Results: Mozambique ratified several international and regional legal instruments (of Africa) that deal with the right to health and which are ensured in its Constitution. However, their incorporation into the National Health Service have been limited because it can not provide access and universal coverage to health services in an equitable manner throughout its territorial extension and in the different levels of care. Conclusions: the implementation of the right to health is complex and will require mobilization of the state and political financial, educational, technological, housing, sanitation and management actions, as well as ensuring access to health, and universal coverage.

Translated title of the contributionDireito à saúde: (In) congruência entre o arcabouço jurídico e o sistema de saúde
Original languageEnglish
Article numbere2679
Number of pages7
JournalRevista Latino-Americana de Enfermagem
Publication statusPublished - 2016


  • Health services accessibility
  • Health services coverage
  • Health systems
  • Right to health


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