chapter  9
55 Pages

Health and Human Rights

WithSofia Gruskin, Daniel Tarantola

Understanding the implications of linking health and human rights is of increasing importance to policy-makers, government officials, and activists. This chapter demonstrates the relationship between health and human rights, and provides a glimpse of some of the conceptual, analytical, and practical approaches to bringing health and human rights together that are currently being explored. It explains the basic concepts and procedures of human rights, with specific emphasis on their relation to health and goes on to explore the framework of health as it relates to human rights promotion and protection. The chapter discusses reciprocal relationships between health and human rights, with an emphasis on the human rights impact of public health policies and programmes and the impact of neglect or violation of human rights on health. Finally, it offers a method for considering the practical application of health and human rights concepts to policy and programmatic work.