Doctors for Human Rights (DHR)

General Information
Doctors for Human Rights (DHR) was launched in 1989 as a voluntary organistion with a global remit. DHR exists to channel the humanity, influence and unique skills of the medical profession into securing worldwide observance of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other internationally recognised Human Rights standards. Membership is open to the general public, corporations and health professionals alike. Experience shows that the medical world can both inform and learn from the human rights community.

Focus Areas
DHR has an eclectic remit covering not only civil and political rights, but also economic, social and cultural rights. However, it is the development and implementation of the right to the highest attainable standard of health that DHR campaigning has been most influential.

Contact Information
Address: 91 Harlech Rd, Abbots Langley, Herts, WD5 0BE, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 (0) 1923 464 908
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Website
www.doctorsforhumanrights.org

Latest News

  • Unfulfilled healthcare needs of migrant women care workers

    careOn November 21, a high-level panel at a meeting convened in Geneva will discuss a new WHO report entitled "Women on the Move: Migration, care work and health". Available data shows that a substantial and growing proportion of care work is being undertaken by migrants, the majority of whom are women. In Italy for instance, nearly 90% of home-based caregivers are foreign born. In this report, the World Health Organization (WHO) calls attention "to a global situation in which migrant women care workers buttress health systems in countries where there are shortfalls in healthcare provision, while their own right to health is eroded and their health care needs go unfulfilled." 

     
  • Why is adolescents’ health a human rights issue?

    ifhhroAdolescents face a myriad of threats to their right to health including violence, sexual assault, exploitation, trafficking, and harmful traditional practices. At the same time, they face multiple barriers to health services, including restrictive laws, unavailability of contraception or safe abortions; failure to ensure privacy and confidentiality; judgemental service provision, and discrimination. Our volunteer Tara Ornstein wrote an article about adolescents’ right to health for our website, explaining what the issues are and what health professionals can do to safeguard adolescents’ health and rights.