Rights-Based Approaches to Health: Something for Everyone

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“Rights-based approaches to health have gained a prominence not even imaginable when attention to nondiscrimination against People Living with HIV became entrenched in the first Global AIDS Strategy over 20 years ago. We have learned that explicit attention to human rights shows us not only who is disadvantaged and who is not, nor simply whether a given disparity is merely a difference or in actuality constitutes an injustice. Human rights are now understood to offer a framework for action and for programming, even as they provide a compelling argument for government responsibility–both to provide health services and to alter the conditions that create, exacerbate, and perpetuate poverty, deprivation, marginalization, and discrimination. A diverse array of actors are increasingly finding innovative ways to relate human rights principles to health-related work, thereby demonstrating how a human rights perspective can yield new insights and more effective ways of addressing health needs within country settings, as well as in the policy and programmatic guidance offered at the global level.”

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Authors: Sofia Gruskin
Published In: Health and Human Rights
Date: January 1, 2006
Publication Link: https://cdn2.sph.harvard.edu/wp-content/uploads/sites/13/2013/07/3-Gruskin.pdf

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