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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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The right to health: from concept to practice

The right to health: from concept to practice

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(p.39) Chapter 3 The right to health: from concept to practice
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Advancing the Human Right to Health
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Helena Nygren-Krug

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199661619.003.0003

Exploring how we take human rights from concept to reality, this chapter provides insights from the head of the World Health Organization’s (WHO) portfolio on the right to health. It describes the WHO’s strategy of identifying targets and benchmarks for the right to health, along with monitoring of progress. The right to health is only a piece of paper unless we ensure that States are implementing this right. And the only way to know whether there is effective implementation is through careful monitoring and evaluation. The use of clear indicators towards progress is essential if we are to significantly advance human health.

Keywords:   world health organization, right to health, human health, public health

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