Neoliberalism versus the right to health

protestEarlier this year, the book Global Health, Human Rights and the Challenge of Neoliberal Policies was published by Cambridge University Press. This book, written by Audrey Chapman, has now been reviewed by the Health and Human Rights Journal. In this book, Chapman presents an in-depth examination of the conflicts between neoliberalism, the dominant economic policy framework in the world today, and the international human right to health.

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September 28: Global Day of Action for Access to Safe and Legal Abortion

legalSeptember 28 marks the Global Day of Action for Access to Safe and Legal Abortion. A group of United Nations human rights experts including the Special Rapporteur on the Right to Health have called on States across the world to repeal restrictive abortion laws and policies, and all punitive measures and discriminatory barriers to access safe reproductive health services. 

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Launch High Level Working Group for the Health and Human Rights of Women, Children and Adolescents

mum babyToday, a new High Level Working Group for the Health and Human Rights of Women, Children and Adolescents was launched by the United Nations. This UN Working Group will work for one year to generate high-level political support, at both national and international levels, for the implementation of the human rights-related measures called for under the Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health (2016-2030).

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Access to medicines and international trade rules

potje pillenRecently, the report of the UN Secretary-General’s High-Level Panel on Access To Medicines was published. Entitled 'Promoting innovation & access to health technologies', this report focuses on the discrepancies between international trade agreements such as the patent system, and international human rights law, which includes the right to health. In an Editorial in the Lancet, the editors praise the High-Level Panel for its strong focus on the use of human rights as the basis of policies on access to medicines. 

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Latest report Special Rapporteur to the UN General Assembly

educationThe Special Rapporteur on the right of everyone to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health recently issued his second report to the UN General Assembly. The report focuses on the links between the Sustainable Development Goals and health and human rights. 

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Latest News

  • 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.