Experts from around the world who convened at USC in May 2013 to examine how the fields of public health and human rights can unite to tackle chronic illnesses like cancer, diabetes and heart disease.
Organized by the Program on Global Health & Human Rights at the USC Institute for Global Health, the meeting hosted dozens of doctors, lawyers, activists and researchers representing major universities, the United Nations system, and civil society groups from every region of the world.
The conference, “Roles and Responsibilities in Realizing Health and Human Rights in the Prevention and Control of Non Communicable Diseases,” took a conversational approach that allowed the experts to speak candidly across disciplines and cultures.
With funding from the Merck Company Foundation, the meeting and subsequent report emerged from recognition that links between health and human rights are being increasingly documented in areas such as HIV/AIDS and children’s health but these links hadn’t been clearly established in tackling illnesses like cancer, diabetes and heart disease, which classify as non-communicable diseases, or NCDs. The report emphasizes ways a human rights framework can ensure government accountability in preventing and controlling NCDs. It also underscores the need for more research, a stimulated political agenda and an informed and active civil society.
- Bringing rights into the fight against NCDs
- Experts convene on using human rights to combat chronic disease