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Human rights and health equity

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posted on 2012-01-01, 00:00 authored by Ann TaketAnn Taket
In terms of understanding the links between health and human rights it is useful to distinguish three different, but interacting, components (WHO 2002a). First, human rights violations can directly affect health: for example, torture, slavery, violence against women and children and harmful traditional practices. Secondly, the promotion of human rights, in particular those connected to the social determinants of health, for example rights to education, to food and nutrition, shelter and employment, lead to reduced vulnerability to ill health and promote health. Thirdly, health development can involve promotion or violation of human rights depending on how it affects rights such as the right to participation, freedom from discrimination, right to information and right to privacy. There is a reciprocal impact of health and human rights. The promotion, protection, restriction or violations of human rights have direct and indirect impacts on health and wellbeing, in the short, medium and long term.

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Chapter number

5

Pagination

75-101

ISBN-13

9780203119242

Language

eng

Publication classification

BN.1 Other book chapter, or book chapter not attributed to Deakin

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2012, Ann Taket

Extent

12

Publisher

Routledge

Place of publication

Abingdon, Eng.

Title of book

Health equity, social justice and human rights

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