Australia: Controversial law amended

thumbs upMedical Doctors in Australia have forced the federal government to back down on controversial laws banning health practitioners from publicly revealing abuse and medical negligence in Australia’s offshore detention centres for refugees. Just days before the federal government was due to respond to a High Court challenge from the local organisation Doctors for Refugees, it has instead amended the Australian Border Force Act (2015) to exempt health professionals, including doctors, nurses, midwives, psychologists and others.

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The right to health and the Sustainable Development Goals

educationIn his annual report to the UN General Assembly, the Special Rapporteur on the right to health, Dainius Puras, assesses the opportunity for the improvement of the right to health and human rights to contribute to the attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). We have written a summary of this report.

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Right to health of refugees

careA focal point at this year's World Health Summit, which ended on October 11th, was refugee mental health. This issue is arguably more important now than ever in light of the ongoing refugee crisis, whereby individuals suffering psychological consequences as a result of living in a war-torn region are not receiving the mental health services they need. The M8 Alliance, which organized this Summit, included the right to health of refugees as one of their key action points in its declaration.

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The Framework Convention on Global Health and WHO

conferenceIn an online comment in The Lancet, a group of health and human rights experts led by Lawrence O. Gostin argues that the next Director-General of WHO should bring human rights to the forefront of this international organization. According to the authors, a Framework Convention on Global Health (FCGH) should be the basis for this. The new Director-General, who will be elected in May 2017, should "seize the potential of the FCGH, incorporating it into a bold vision for WHO".

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10 October: World Mental Health Day

educationWorld Mental Health Day is observed on 10 October every year, with the overall objective of raising awareness of mental health issues around the world and mobilizing efforts in support of mental health. The Day provides an opportunity for all stakeholders working on mental health issues to talk about their work, and what more needs to be done to make mental health care a reality for people worldwide.

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  • India: Human rights course for community health workers in Bihar

    educationOver 4,000 community health workers in the Indian State of Bihar will be trained in human rights by the National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS). This course was an initiative of the Ministry of Human Resource Development and Amnesty International India. The three-month 'Self-Learning Human Rights Certificate Course' aims to promote human rights values and principles of equality, dignity, inclusion, non-discrimination and participation in the public through community health workers.

     
  • Ethical issues in tuberculosis control

    careOn the occasion of World TB Day 2017 (24 March), the World Health Organization launched new tuberculosis (TB) ethics guidelines to help ensure that countries implementing the End TB Strategy adhere to sound ethical standards to protect the rights of all those affected.