Using indicators to determine the contribution of human rights to public health efforts

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Despite increasing attention paid to the apparent integration of human rights into public health policies and programmes, it is difficult to find concrete examples of the benefits that have been derived from linking human rights norms and standards to public health imperatives. There is a need to identify existing approaches that link human rights and health concerns and then to determine the best ways to assess their impact on the effectiveness and outcomes of health policies and programmes. As basic as it sounds, this approach requires clarity, not only in defining human rights, but also in recognizing what incorporation of identified norms and standards should look like in practice.

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Authors: Sofia Gruskin, Laura Ferguson
Published By: World Health Organization
Date: July 7, 2009
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