Call for papers: Right to health of Romani populations

sterilisation2The Health and Human Rights Journal is calling for papers for a special section titled 'Romani Global Diaspora: Implementation of the Right to Health' to be published in December 2017. Papers must be submitted by 28 February. This special section aims to examine the implementation of the right to health in the case of Romani ('gypsy') populations across the globe. It will draw attention to ongoing discrimination against the Roma and Roma-related groups in relation to the realization of the right to health.

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Universal Health Coverage and Human Rights

protestLast week, a few days before Universal Health Coverage Day (12 December), the Health and Human Rights Journal published a special section on Universal Health Coverage (UHC) and Human Rights. In the editorial, guest editor Audrey Chapman explains why UHC can be termed "a practical expression of the right to health" and why it is important to safeguard the inclusion of marginalized population groups. "Simply expanding health coverage, especially if it continues to exclude poor and vulnerable communities, is not sufficient from a human rights perspective," she wrote. 

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Kenya: Court declared listing of children living with HIV unconstitutional

legalThe High Court in Nairobi has on 7 December 2016 declared unconstitutional a presidential directive seeking to collect names of school-going children living with HIV. The case was filed by KELIN (Kenya Legal and Ethical Issues Network on HIV & AIDS), Children of God Relief Institute, and two individuals.

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Fundraising for new children's hospital in Aleppo, Syria

mum babyEach year on 10 December, Human Rights Day is observed by the international community. On this day in 1948 the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. According to IFHHRO one of the most pressing health and human rights issues in the past years is the continuous attacks on health services in conflict zones. Organizations like Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, Physicians for Human Rights, and the Safeguarding Health in Conflict Coalition have frequently raised awareness on the detrimental effects of bombing and looting of hospitals on the health of the people they serve. 

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India: Court rule in favour of unnecessary and costly drugs

legalJan Swasthya Abhiyan (JSA), the Indian circle of the People's Health Movement in Haryana, has expressed concern and shock at a recent Delhi High Court verdict. The court has lifted the ban imposed on 344 fixed dose combinations (FDCs) of drugs by the government a few months ago. According to JSA all banned FDCs are irrational and there is no scientific rationale for allowing their continued use.

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