Zimbabwe Independ Professional Advocacy


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ZIPA-PHCP Advocacy Service aims to offer Zimbabwean people the opportunity to express their own needs and wishes and have these respected. By helping people to make informed choices we enable them to maintain as much control as possible over their own lives.

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Zimbabwe Independ Professional Advocacy

  2. 2. Advocacy Works: Increasing Access to Independent Advocacy in Zimbabwe <ul><li>Aims: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>ZIPA-PHCP Advocacy Service aims to offer Zimbabwean people the opportunity to express their own needs and wishes and have these respected. By helping people to make informed choices we enable them to maintain as much control as possible over their own lives. </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. Introduction <ul><li>Imagine that you have a learning difficulties or mental health issue that makes it hard to talk to professionals and say what you want when decisions are being made that affect how you live your life. </li></ul><ul><li>Perhaps you do not consider yourself to be disabled but just lack some confidence and make it hard to speak for yourself in case conferences and other formal meetings. </li></ul><ul><li>Or maybe you are perfectly capable of telling professionals what you want but find that they just do not understand what you are talking about and ignore your wishes when they make their decisions </li></ul>
  4. 4. Definition <ul><li>ADVOCACY </li></ul><ul><ul><li>is a way of ensuring that people have some control over their lives. It is a way to make sure that a person’s voice is heard and when decisions are made. Advocates and advocacy work in partnership with the people they support and take their sides. It involves looking at choices, enabling people to know their human rights, helping to defend those rights and getting the person’s voice heard. </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Another Definition <ul><li>Independent advocacy helps people to clarify and express their wishes and feelings so they feel they have been fully heard, understood and included in decision-making processes. </li></ul><ul><li>It also helps to ensure that individuals receive their full entitlements and that their human rights are fully respected. </li></ul><ul><li>Another important goal of independent advocacy is to support individuals to advocate for themselves. </li></ul>
  6. 6. What is “Independent Advocacy” <ul><li>Independent advocacy has an essential enabling role when, for whatever reason, someone is unable to make their voice heard and has no one who can speak up for them. </li></ul><ul><li>Its main function is to support people to clarify their options, express their wishes and feelings and achieve their desired outcomes. </li></ul><ul><li>It can also be seen as a preventive service that reduces the likelihood of complaints and other problems escalating </li></ul>
  7. 7. What is “Independent Advocacy” cont... <ul><li>Advocacy is a citizen led movement that seeks to obtain social justice, human rights and equality for all. </li></ul><ul><li>It is a foundation stone of service user, patient, citizen participation in both service planning and civic life. </li></ul><ul><li>Social inclusion, community cohesion and equality are not possible without access to advocacy. </li></ul>
  8. 8. What ZIPA:PHCP will do: <ul><li>At present only a small number of service user/patient groups have access to advocacy services in Zimbabwe. Many individuals are currently unable to access advocacy, while the advocacy needs of some service user/patient groups are presently under-resourced-ZIPAPH will monitor and work with those groups to achieve the social justice in public health </li></ul>
  9. 9. What ZIPA:PHCP will do cont.. <ul><li>ZIPA:PHCP will form Reference Group to produce an advocacy plan with support of Voices Through Advocacy project. </li></ul><ul><li>The group will consist of service users, carers, and representatives local and international advocacy schemes, Social Services and local Health boards of Zimbabwe. </li></ul>
  10. 10. What ZIPA:PHCP will do cont.. <ul><li>ZIPA:PHCP will carry an options appraisal exercise and agree on a “hub and spoke” or network model which is best suited to district, provincial and national need. </li></ul><ul><li>This will enable existing advocacy schemes to retain their specialism by continuing to deliver their own services but will increase opportunities for organisations to collaborate for mutual benefit and maximum efficiency –ZIPA:PHCP will synergies by providing specialised community education based on research and development </li></ul>
  11. 11. A constituted Body :Zimbabwe Advocacy Works (ZAW) <ul><li>ZIPA:PHCP will invite all Zimbabwe advocacy schemes to form a new constituted body called Zimbabwe Advocacy Works (ZAW). </li></ul><ul><li>A condition of membership will be that organisations must provide a form of advocacy. Individual organisations will remain accountable to their members and trustees. </li></ul><ul><li>The “Hub” will be accountable to the member organisations and to its governing body </li></ul>
  12. 12. Why is independent advocacy needed <ul><li>All health and social care workers and professionals will often act as advocates for their clients or patients within the system, and family members will often act as advocates for those they care for. </li></ul><ul><li>Sometimes however, support is needed from somebody who doesn’t have to worry about other interest such as their own, their employer’s, or their colleagues- someone who can be one sided only. </li></ul><ul><li>People who are socially isolated or who have no such support and no knowledge of how to find it. Therefore independent advocacy is organised to minimise conflicting interests. </li></ul>
  13. 13. The ZIPA:PHCP Services will : <ul><li>coordinate and support the development of all forms of advocacy in Zimbabwe. </li></ul><ul><li>Signpost to appropriate advocacy schemes where possible (maintain a data base) </li></ul><ul><li>Provide a new generic advocacy service to people for whom advocacy is currently unavailable: mining, farming, fishery, small towns and districts (growth points and rural areas) </li></ul>
  14. 14. Services cont.. <ul><li>Discuss concerns </li></ul><ul><li>Find information </li></ul><ul><li>Understand the situation </li></ul><ul><li>Make informed choices </li></ul><ul><li>Express your point of view </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul>
  15. 15. OUR CLIENTS/ USER GROUPS <ul><li>People who have mental health problems </li></ul><ul><li>People who have physical impairments </li></ul><ul><li>People who have learning difficulties </li></ul><ul><li>People who have chronic illnesses </li></ul><ul><li>People who have dementia </li></ul><ul><li>People who live in residential homes/sheltered housing/home based care </li></ul><ul><li>People who have long-term neurological conditions </li></ul><ul><li>People who have sensory issues (visual/hearing impairments) </li></ul><ul><li>People living with HIV/AIDS </li></ul><ul><li>Zimbabwean Asylum seekers refugees and cross border traders ( Africa and International) to have access to public health services </li></ul><ul><li>Carers (families and volunteers) </li></ul><ul><li>Victims of domestic abuse </li></ul><ul><li>Victims of Racial and Sexual abuse </li></ul><ul><li>Discriminated against services  </li></ul>
  16. 16. Our service does not only apply to health but can also include: <ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>Our service does not only apply to your health but can also include: </li></ul><ul><li>  Housing </li></ul><ul><li>Employment </li></ul><ul><li>Contracts performance management and advisory </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Residential homes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Nursing homes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Community mental homes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Domicile services </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Legislation interpretations </li></ul><ul><li>Benefits advisory </li></ul><ul><li>Social services </li></ul><ul><li>Family domestic violence </li></ul><ul><li>Medical treatment </li></ul><ul><li>Criminal and civil law </li></ul><ul><li>Medical negligence advisory </li></ul><ul><li>Professional negligence advisory </li></ul><ul><li>Mental health capacity legislation advisory </li></ul><ul><li>Public Health Legislation </li></ul><ul><li>Mental health Act advisory </li></ul><ul><li>Equal opportunities advisory </li></ul><ul><li>Writing wills </li></ul><ul><li>Mediation services </li></ul><ul><li>Education and training </li></ul><ul><li>Clinical and non clinical governance advisory </li></ul><ul><li>In practical terms, we can help you make telephone calls, write letters, </li></ul><ul><li>write wills and go along to appointments with you. </li></ul>
  17. 17. How is the service funded?   <ul><li>We will get funding through strategic fund raising activities, partnership agreements with local, regional and international organisation under their corporate social responsibilities, Funding from CGICE TRUST Southern Africa which is the mother organisation of ZIPA, National Councils, Governments Grants , Private Sponsors and NGOs. </li></ul><ul><li>Please visit our web site www.southernafrica-cgice.org . and donate. </li></ul><ul><li>CGICE TRUST receives 3-10% for every product purchased via our banner links. </li></ul>
  18. 18. HUMAN RESOURCES <ul><li>Our Professionals </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Qualified Social Workers (3) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Qualified and Registered Mental Health Nurse(2)/Learning Difficulties(2) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Qualified and Registered General Nurse(2) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Doctors(2) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>HIV/AIDS advisors (2) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Non professional advocates (2) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Lawyers(2) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Human rights Advocates(2 ) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>Administration </li></ul><ul><li>Program Director(1) </li></ul><ul><li>Service Manager (1) </li></ul><ul><li>Finance and Administration Manager(1) </li></ul><ul><li>Receptionist (1) </li></ul><ul><li>Driver (1) </li></ul><ul><li>Security(1) </li></ul><ul><li>FOUNDING DIRECTOR </li></ul><ul><li>GEORGE MURENA </li></ul><ul><li>LLB(Hons) Law, LLM, MBA, ACIArb </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul>