Strategies

The International Federation of Health and Human Rights Organisations includes organisations of different sizes and profiles, and unites these organisations based on the allegiance of the right-based approach to health, the urgent need of mobilization of health professionals for human rights, and mutual support in the face of threats to health professionals who advocate health-related human rights. 

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), a rights-based approach to health means “integrating human rights norms and principles in the design, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of health-related policies and programmes.” IFHHRO promotes a rights-based approach to health as a strategy for structural improvement of the health situation of vulnerable groups. Such an approach addresses social factors of inequalities in health, the responsibility of governments to reduce these inequalities, and the legitimate claim of health consumers and providers for a better health system.

In order to fulfill our mission of mobilizing health workers for the worldwide progressive realisation of health-related human rights, we have identified the following strategies:

  1. Promoting a rights-based approach to health
  2. Policy influencing, mainly through the drafting of policy statements
  3. Promotion of human rights education for medical students and health professionals

Latest News

  • Health professionals unethical involvement in CIA torture programme

    complicityAccording to a new report released today by Physicians for Human Rights (PHR), recently declassified documents confirm that the CIA conducted experimental research to test an unsupported hypothesis that torture could break the resistance of detainees and aid interrogation. It confirms that health workers were involved in illegal and unethical experiments to define the thresholds of pain and suffering of the torture subjects.

     
  • USA: Drug courts fail to provide adequeate treatment to drug users

    drugaddictionIn the report Neither Justice nor Treatment, Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) states that drug courts in the United States struggle to meet medical and human rights standards. According to the researchers, drug courts – designed to reduce incarceration and provide necessary treatment – routinely fail to provide adequate, medically-sound treatment for substance use disorders.