About us

The International Federation of Health and Human Rights Organisations (IFHHRO) stimulates international cooperation between health and human rights organisations worldwide. The Federation currently consists of 31 member and observer organisations from various countries and is supported by numerous individuals. Our institutional members are associations of health professionals interested in human rights work, human rights groups which address health-related rights violations or organisations that have been created to mobilise health professionals for human rights protection. Since 2010, membership is also open to individuals.

IFHHRO promotes the monitoring of health-related human rights, including the Right to Health. We focus on the important role of health professionals in this regard. We believe that there lies a huge potential in the health profession that could be mobilised for the promotion and protection of human rights, by applying medical expertise. To increase the involvement of doctors, nurses, paramedics and other health workers, we stimulate international cooperation between health and human rights organisations in various countries.

 

 

 

 

Latest News

  • Human rights law and access to abortion

    legalThe recently published Human Rights Watch Q&A on Human Rights Law and Access to Abortion discusses abortion as a human rights issue and the health consequences of unsafe abortions. It also shows that restrictive abortion policies do not reduce the rate of unsafe abortions, and highlights the positions of UN experts and agencies on the criminalization of abortion.

     
  • Intellectual property rights and access to medicines

    arrestLast week, on 17 July, the UN Secretary-General’s High-Level Panel on Access to Medicines took place at the UN headquarters in New York. Sub-titled "Advancing Health-Related SDGs through Policy Coherence", the panel came together during the UN High Political Forum on Sustainable Development. William New of the news service Intellectual Property Watch wrote a short report of this event.