Advancing the human right to health / edited by José M. Zuniga, Stephen P. Marks, Lawrence O. Gostin.

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The contents in this book offers a prospective on the global response to one of the greatest moral, legal, and public health challenges of the 21st century - achieving the human right to health as enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) and other legal instruments. Featuring writings by global thought-leaders in the world of health human rights, the book brings clarity to many of the complex clinical, ethical, economic, legal, and socio-cultural questions raised by injury, disease, and deeper determinants of health, such as poverty. Much more than a primer on the right to health, this book features an examination of profound inequalities in health, which have resulted in millions of people condemned to unnecessary suffering and hastened deaths. In so doing, it provides a thoughtful account of the right to health's parameters, strategies on ways in which to achieve it, and discussion of why it is so essential in a 21st century context. Country-specific case studies provide context for analysing the right to health and assessing whether, and to what extent, this right has influenced critical decision-making that makes a difference in people's lives. Thematic chapters also look at the specific challenges involved in translating the right to health into action.


Oxford, United Kingdom : Oxford University Press, 2013.

Physical description

xxiii, 456 pages ; 26 cm


First edition.


Foreword / Paul Hunt -- The emergence and scope of the human right to health / Stephen P. Marks -- Advancing the right to health through litigation / Oscar A. Cabrera and Ana S. Ayala -- The right to health : from concept to practice / Helena Nygren-Krug -- Health development as nation strengthening / Ariel Pablos-Mendéz and Lesley Stone -- Pillars for progress on the right to health / Eric A. Friedman and Lawrence O. Gostin -- Haiti : an overview of its right to health history and future directions / Donna Barry, Kate Greene, Wesler Lambert, Fernet Léandre, and Loune Viaud -- The right to health in Ghana : healthcare, human rights, and politics / Raymond A. Atuguba -- Health and development in India : moving towards the right to health / Ravi Duggal -- The right to health in post-apartheid era South Africa / Charles Ngwena, Rebecca Cook, and Ebenezer Durojaye -- The domestic implementation of the international right to health : the Philippine experience / Raul Pangalangan -- China's evolution in progressively realizing the right to health / Philip D. Chen and Di Wu -- Brazil : a long journey towards a universal healthcare system / Armando De Negri Filho -- The right to health in Peru / Ariel Frisancho -- Realizing the right to healthcare in Mexico / Julio Frenk and Octavio Gómez-Dantés -- The United Kingdom : the right to health in the context of a nationalized health service / Matthew Weait -- The right to health in Japan : challenges of a super-ageing society and implications from its 2011 public health emergency / Hiroaki Matsuura and Eriko Sase -- United States : right to health obligations in the context of disparity and reform / Alicia Ely Yamin and Jean Connolly Carmalt -- Human rights-based approaches to HIV, tuberculosis, and malaria / Britta Baer, Andrew Ball, Helena Nygren-Krug, Aafje Rietveld, and Diana Weil -- Global tobacco control : a vital component of the right to health / Oscar A. Cabrera and Lawrence O. Gostin -- Women's health and human rights : struggles to engender social transformation / Alicia Ely Yamin -- The right to health in prison / Joanne Mariner and Rebecca Schleifer -- Access to medical products, vaccines, and medical technologies / Stephen P. Marks and Adriana Benedict -- Nutrition and human rights : why meeting nutrient needs should be a human right / Martin W. Bloem and Saskia de Pee -- Primum non nocere and the right to health / José M. Zuniga and Imane Sidibé -- Combating torture and other ill-treatment / Michael Bochenek -- Emergencies, disasters, conflicts, and human rights / Victoria Sutton -- Searching for a role for genomics in the right to health / Lisa Eckstein -- Financing governments : towards achieving the right to health / Joia Mukherjee -- The consequences of failure / Anand Grover, Brian Citro, and Mihir Mankad.

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Includes bibliographical references and index.


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    W76.1 2013A24
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