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Realizing the Right to Health through Healthcare Technologies

September 28, 2022

New and emerging healthcare technologies—including whole genome sequencing, wearables, and AI assisted treatments—offer innovative possibilities for realizing the right to health. These technologies hold the potential for automatizing certain processes to free up time for healthcare professionals to spend with patients, detecting disease more accurately and swiftly, and furthering access in remote communities. However, digital medicine also raises other human rights concerns, posing risks … Continued

The Impact of COVID-19 on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights

October 14, 2021

    Dr. Tlaleng Mofokeng (MBChB) serves as the UN Special Rapporteur on the right of everyone to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health.  As a South African medical doctor and a sexual and reproductive health specialist, “Dr. T” has long advocated for advancements in sexual and reproductive health and rights — supporting women and … Continued

Are Human Rights Relevant to Advancing Global Health Anymore?

April 24, 2017

Alicia Yamin is Visiting Professor of Law at Georgetown University Law Center, Adjunct Lecturer on Law and Global Health at Harvard University, Panelist on the UN Secretary General’s Independent Accountability Panel for the SDGs (EWEC), and Global Fellow at the Centre on Law and Social Transformation in Norway. The 2017 Health and Human Rights Lecture is sponsored … Continued

Health, Human Rights, and Public Goods

September 22, 2016

Health care (e.g., surgery) and public health (e.g., vaccinations) contribute to an individual’s health in very different ways. This lecture investigates the significance of this difference for a human right to health. Dr. Gopal Sreenivasan is the Crown University Professor in Ethics at Duke University. His primary research interests are in moral and political philosophy, … Continued

Health and human rights in the sustainable development goal era

September 30, 2015

Veronica Magar (DrPH, MPH, MA) currently leads the Gender, Equity and Human Rights Team at the World Health Organization, with the mandate to mainstream WHO’s priority cross-cutting themes across all policies and programs. Before joining WHO in 2013, she held the position of Executive Director of r e a c h (research and action for change), based in Delhi, India, leading … Continued