Roles and Responsibilities in Realizing Health and Human Rights in the Prevention and Control of Non Communicable Diseases

Globally, non-communicable diseases (NCDs) constitute the leading cause of mortality. In 2008, sixty-three percent of all deaths – 36 million people – were caused by NCDs. Low- and middle-income countries, where the proportion of deaths under the age of 70 from NCDs is highest, accounted for eighty percent of global mortality attributable to NCDs. Yet, even as the links between health and human rights (H&HR) have been well established in a number of areas of health, the extent to which human rights norms and standards can contribute to NCD prevention and control has to date remained largely unexamined.

To begin to determine the role that human rights can play in NCD prevention and control, a two and a half-day conference, entitled “Roles and Responsibilities in Realizing Health and Human Rights in the Prevention and Control of Non Communicable Diseases,” was convened at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles in the United States of America from May 30th to June 1st, 2013.

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Organized and Hosted by: Program on Global Health and Human Rights, Institute for Global Health, University of Southern California
Published By: Program on Global Health and Human Rights, Institute for Global Health, University of Southern California
Date: May 30, 2013 – June 1, 2013
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