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Advancing the Human Right to Health$
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José M. Zuniga, Stephen P. Marks, and Lawrence O. Gostin

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199661619

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199661619.001.0001

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Pillars for progress on the right to health

Pillars for progress on the right to health

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(p.69) Chapter 5 Pillars for progress on the right to health
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Advancing the Human Right to Health
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Eric A. Friedman

Lawrence O. Gostin

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199661619.003.0005

This chapter outlines a four-part approach to accelerating progress towards fulfilling the right to health and reducing both global and domestic health inequities: incorporating right to health obligations and principles into national laws and policies; using creative strategies to increase the impact of national right to health litigation; empowering communities to claim their right to health and building civil society’s health and human rights advocacy capacity; and bringing the right to health to the centre of global governance for health. A global health agreement — a Framework Convention on Global Health (FCGH) — could help construct these pillars. A civil society-led international coalition — the Joint Action and Learning Initiative on National and Global Responsibilities for Health (JALI) — is steering a process to develop just such a treaty. JALI intends the FCGH to be developed through an inclusive and consultative process that amplifies the voices of the people who suffer most from national and global health inequities. To help inform this dialogue, the chapter explores this four-pronged framework better to realize the right to health, and some ideas on how an FCGH could advance each pillar.

Keywords:   right to health, health inequality, health policy, public health, framework convention on global health, jalt

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