In the days before the Seminar, the Santo Tomas Institute and the Hospital Sotero Del Rio invited Andrew Clarke to facilitate and lead several workshops, presentations and meetings about the structured integration of child rights into routine assessment and quality improvement cycles. Hospital Sotero Del Rio and its sister hospitals and facilities cover a population of 1.5 million in the south section of Santiago.

Over 900 managers and decision-makers, clinicians, lecturers and students participated in these events. These services have now decided to adopt and integrate the participatory rights-based Hospital Amigable/CFHI improvement model (developed and refined for the Chilean context by Hospital Dr Luis Calvo Mackenna) into their routine QI approaches for all children’s services.

About 150 health and childhood workers met on November 15 and 16 in Santiago de Chile to discuss challenges and progress in the area of children’s rights, in the second edition of the International Seminar on Rights in Pediatric Healthcare.

In the instance, initiatives to promote and guarantee rights in health spaces were disseminated, and the impact of the violation of these rights on the lives of children and adults was discussed.

Organized by the Dr. Luis Calvo Mackenna Hospital and the University of Santiago de Chile, through the School of Medical Sciences, the Seminar was transformed into an innovative meeting point for organizations concerned with childhood and public health.

The instance was attended by national and international speakers who have developed lines of work on child rights approach. Among them the Andrew Clarke Senior Health Advisor at Save the Children UK (re CFHI), Raúl Mercer from FLACSO (Argentina), Begoña Yarza, Director of the Hospital Exequiel González Cortés, Sarah Spronk Head of the Department of Politics, Press and Culture of the Embassy of the Netherlands in Argentina, and Claudio Méndez from the Pindal Foundation, among others.

The Seminar was sponsored by the Ministry of Health, the Pan American Health Organization, and the Latin American Faculty of Social Sciences (FLACSO) Argentina.

Macarena Miranda Alarcón – Andrew Clarke