Article V. NGOs will support Ministries of Health as they engage with communities.
NGOs can play an important role as a bridge between civil society organizations and government agencies, especially (but not exclusively) in nations where populations or sub-populations are actively oppressed by their governments.
- NGOs will strengthen the capacity of communities to take responsibility for and ownership of their health development, and to become partners with government in the health system, while holding governments accountable for their human rights obligations.
- NGOs shall document and share their work in and with communities to inform host government planning and priority setting. In sharing this information, NGOs will guard the privacy of individuals with whom they work, including staff and patients.
- In places where NGOs are working with communities that are being oppressed, NGOs will work to protect populations.