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

  • 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.