chapter  12
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Success or failure: how useful are rights-based approaches in public health?

WHO (2002a) makes a strong statement about the value of human rights work in health, and that human rights approaches provide a lever for seeking actions that protect and promote public health and provide important tools for tackling health inequity. Many examples of successful use of rights-based approaches can be found, and earlier chapters have already introduced some of these. WHO (2002a) posed the question: ‘what is the value-added of human rights in public health?’ Their answer to this question was set out as eleven different elements. In the first part of this final chapter, these eleven elements are used as a framework against which to summarise the evidence on what has been achieved over the past twenty or so years in terms of the usefulness of RBAs in public health.