Children’s Right to Health in the Recommendations of the Committee on the Rights of the Child in the Concluding Observations on the Country Reports
56 Pages Posted: 8 Jun 2012 Last revised: 13 Jun 2012
Date Written: June 8, 2012
To gain insight into the Committee’s interpretation of children’s right to health, this contribution seeks to investigate the elaboration of the right of the child to have access to primary health care by analyzing all subsequent Concluding Observations of the Committee on the Rights of the Child on 35 countries. Primarily, the possible existence of systematically recurring recommendations was identified and secondly, it was investigated whether the different levels of human development lead to different standards of health measures. From this analysis, several measures were identified to realize access for all children, including the elimination of all forms of discrimination, ensuring health insurances for all children, birth registration, disaggregated data collection, sufficient budget allocation to health care and the provision of training on children’s rights for health professionals. It was found that the need to ensure access for vulnerable children is consequently prioritized in the recommendations. This results in a limited relevance of the Concluding Observations for countries with higher levels of development, because in these countries the large majority of children have access to adequate health care facilities. Therefore it is recommended to the Committee to further specify the steps to be taken by countries once a basic level of health care has been achieved.
Keywords: Convention on the Rights of the Child, the right to health, access to health care, Concluding Observations of the Committee on the Rights of the Child on the Country Reports, prioritization
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