Health and human rights
- By: Bishoy Morris
The interplay between health and human rights is an interesting topic that is increasingly in focus these days. For a primer on the subject check out the World Health Organization publications (www.who.int/hhr/activities/publications/en). The first issue, 25 Questions and Answers, answers basic questions such as “What are human rights?” and “What is the link between health and human rights?” as well as more complex ones - “What implications could human rights have for evidence based information?” This bulletin is informative, easy to read, and available in several languages.
For a more student specific angle, visit the American Medical Student Association's web page at www.amsa.org/global/hhr.cfm. It includes frequently asked questions, a bibliography, and other resources.
Some universities have established centres that focus on health and human rights. The François-Xavier Bagnoud Centre at Harvard University (www.hsph.harvard.edu/fxbcenter) publishes numerous books and the journal Health and Human Rights. The Center for Public Health and Human