PMNCH Knowledge Summary #34 Operationalizing human rights in efforts to improve health

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“Preventable maternal, child and adolescent mortality and morbidity remain high in many countries, and reflect deep inequities within and across population groups.1,2Systematic integration of international human rights standards and principles in laws, policies and programmes contributes to women’s, children’s and adolescents’ health and wellbeing. 3 Practical guidance is now available to assist countries in doing this.4,5,6,7,8,9,10 This knowledge summary introduces the importance and added value of human rights standards and principles, and provides practical examples of human rights integration for women’s, children’s and adolescents’ health along the life course, and across the policy cycle and in service delivery. For more in-depth information, readers are encouraged to consider carefully available guidance documents, and apply them in their own context and settings (see Box 1).”

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Authors: Anhsu Banerjee, Chantal Baumgarten, Laura Ferguson, Jennifer Franz-Vasdeki, Sarah Galbraith-Emami, Elizabeth Gibbons, Kate Gilmore, Robin Gorna, Sofia Gruskin, Imma Guerras-Delgado, Ana Isabel Guerreiro, Vaibhav Gupta, Rachael Hinton, Paul Hunt, Frank Oberklaid, Lucinda O’Hanlon, Rajat Khosla, Shyama Kuruvilla, Thiago Luchesi, Tarek Meguid, Raul Mercer, Marcus Stahlhofer, Rebekah Thomas-Bosco, Mary-Nell Wagner, Alicia Ely Yamin, Farouk Shamas Jiwa
Published By: The Partnership for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health (World Health Organization)
Date: January 1, 2015
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