Transparent healthcare on the highest level - The Supreme Court finally ordered the Ministry of Human Resources to publish the detailed data on hospital infection cases, broken down by institutions. We have been fighting for this data for more than 2 years now. This case is really important for us, since we realized that hospital infections kill more people yearly, then car accidents. We collected dozens of personal stories of people affected by hospital infections, started a petition for the transparency of healthcare, monitored the newly introduced regulations for hygienic standards in hospitals. Our colleagues gave interviews in the national media many times to raise awareness of this issue. Now it seems that the long story came to an end, but we still have a lot to do. After the data will be delivered to us, we will request the Office of the Surgeon General to analyze and publish the data in a simple and understandable way. We will continue to advocate for safe healthcare, i.e. accountability for hospital infections, transparency about adverse events and a decrease in the number of adverse events.
Pride without borders - This was the first year after a long-time period when not the Budapest Pride participants had to walk between barriers but those who were protesting against LGBT people. It was HCLU’s achievement, because we helped the organizers to file a complaint against the police’s decision. Our colleagues - as usual - were among the participants as legal human rights observers and helped the organizers to keep the march legal and peaceful.
Every family deserves a day-off - We have started a communication campaign with our Equality Project and several other partner NGOs, whose are dealing with rights of people living with disabilities. The campaign aims to raise awareness of an issue which affects at least half-million citizens in Hungary. Those who take care 24-7 of their long-term ill, disabled or elderly family members. They cannot afford a day-off even if they are sick, because neither the state nor the local governments can provide a sufficient social service to help them. Through a petition and the communication campaign we try to put pressure on decision makers for reforming social services in order to ensure families independent living. During the summer our colleagues and volunteers gathered signatures for the petition all around Budapest and in four music festivals countrywide.
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