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

  • Voices in the Field: new interview series

    ifhhroVoices in the Field is a new multimedia interview series that shares the stories of experienced professionals in the field of health and highlights the role of human rights in their careers. Voices in the Field, a project of Global Health Law Groningen (The Netherlands) and IFHHRO, aims to capture the accounts of individuals from diverse backgrounds, including professors, lawyers, doctors, nurses, researchers and policymakers.

     
  • Turkey: Medical doctors on trial

    arrestThe third hearing in the trial of Dr. Şebnem Korur Fincancı (the President of the Human Rights Foundation of Turkey - HRFT) and two journalists on charges of aiding terrorism was held today (March 21, 2017) at the 13th Çağlayan Heavy Penal Court in Istanbul. Along with Dr. Fincancı, the journalists Erol Önderoğlu (Reporters without Borders Turkey Representative) and Ahmet Nesin (a journalist/writer) had been arrested on June 20, 2016 for defending freedom of the press, and were released ten days later.