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. 

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Adolescents' access to sexual and reproductive health and rights

mum babyA new publication of the Centre for Reproductive Rights analyses young people's access to sexual and reproductive health from a human rights perspective. It concludes that significant gaps remain in adolescents' knowledge about their sexual and reproductive health and rights and ability to access essential sexual and reproductive health services.

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Israel: Right to health in the Occupied Palestinian Territory and for prisoners and detainees

complicityIFHHRO member Physicians for Human Rights – Israel (PHRI) recently published a short report on the right to health in the Occupied Palestinian Territories and in the Israelian prison system. The report will serve as PHRI's submission to the United Nations Universal Periodic Review system.

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Brazil: Gaps in response to Zika virus outbreak

mum babyIn a recent Human Rights Watch report, the organization states that Brazil has not addressed longstanding human rights problems that allowed the Zika virus outbreak to escalate. As a result, the Zika threat in Brazil remains, even though the government declared an end to the national public health emergency related to the Zika virus in May 2017.

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Joint UN statement on discrimination in health care settings

protestThe United Nations have issued a joint statement this week on the elimination of discrimination in health care settings. Discrimination in hospitals and other health facilities is widespread across the world and takes many forms. It violates the most fundamental human rights protected in international treaties and in national laws and constitutions.

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Latest News

  • UK: Discriminatory National Health System policies

    protestLast week, thousands of NHS (National Health System) workers and activists marched in the cities of London, Newcastle and Manchester to protest against a health policy that has left migrants too scared to access care.  The government’s so-called ‘hostile environment’ policy has been described as discriminatory and inhumane.

     
  • Ghana: Ban shackling and invest in mental health services

    complicityThe government of Ghana should ensure adequate funding for mental health services in the country, a coalition of Ghanaian and international nongovernmental groups said. This is as a crucial step to eliminating the widespread practice of shackling and other abuses against people with psychosocial disabilities. The coalition includes several mental health and human rights organizations in Ghana, Human Rights Watch, CBM, Disability Rights Advocacy Fund, Anti-Torture Initiative, and the former United Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture Juan Mendez.