Interpreting & Ensuring the Child’s Right to Health

Rights of the Child

The Program on Global Health & Human Rights at the USC Institute for Global Health provided technical assistance to the World Health Organization and other partners as they coordinated research to help define the obligations of states and other actors regarding children’s right to health.

Interpreting the Child’s Right to Health

The output of this process was a “General Comment” on children’s right to health. Issued by the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child this serves as an authoritative interpretation of the child’s right and clarifies priority areas for government action across a range of topics, such as child mortality, nutrition and access to sexual and reproductive health information and services.

Building on this, the USC program played a key role in the technical, political and practical processes surrounding a landmark Human Rights Council resolution on addressing child mortality, including developing technical guidance for the U.N. Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights to help governments use human rights and to ensure their regulatory environments are supportive to maternal, newborn and child health programs.

Preventing Child Mortality and Morbidity

The Program on Global Health & Human Rights continued this work through research of the linkages between human rights and child mortality and morbidity to inform the work of the Human Rights Council.

In partnership with the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner on Human Rights and the World Health Organization, this included assembling leading experts to review the impacts of human rights-based approaches on newborn, infant, and under-five child mortality and morbidity. The USC team compiled existing evidence to help frame the June 2017 discussion and produced a final report.


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