Campaigning & Advocacy

To safeguard clinical independence and promote protection mechanisms for health workers, IFHHRO engages continuously in active dialogues with organisations such as the WMA, ICN and WHO.
We advocate for increased attention to the role and responsibilities of health workers in implementing the right to health.

Stop Torture in Health Care Campaign

From 2010 to 2012, IFHHRO collaborated with Open Society Foundations and other NGO partners in the campaign Stop Torture in Health Care, an initiative to stop cruel, inhumane and degrading treatment in health-care settings. In the framework of this campaign, IFHHRO focused on three issues:

  1. Pain management as a human right
  2. Forced and/or coerced sterilization
  3. Detention in stead of treatment

For each of these topics IFHHRO organised conferences and workshops with organisations of health professionals and human rights experts. We can safely state that the campaign's three topics of attention are now well on the agenda of leading medical and human rights organisations. IFHHRO's collaboration with the World Medical Association (WMA), several National Medical Associations (NMAs) and the International Council of Nurses has thus proven successful. Especially the adoption of the WMA Resolution on Access to Adequate Pain Treatment has been a big success. It illustrates the necessity of cooperation between organisations of health professionals and human rights organisations.

IFHHRO highlights from this campaign

Latest News

  • Human rights law and access to abortion

    legalThe recently published Human Rights Watch Q&A on Human Rights Law and Access to Abortion discusses abortion as a human rights issue and the health consequences of unsafe abortions. It also shows that restrictive abortion policies do not reduce the rate of unsafe abortions, and highlights the positions of UN experts and agencies on the criminalization of abortion.

     
  • 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.