Making the Case: What is the Evidence of Impact of Applying Human Rights-Based Approaches to Health?

Health and Human Rights Journal, Vol. 17(2) (2015)

10 Pages Posted: 29 Mar 2021

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Paul Hunt

University of Essex - Human Rights Centre

Alicia Ely Yamin

Harvard University - Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics; Harvard University - Harvard Law School; Partners in Health; Chr. Michelsen Institute (CMI) - Center on Law and Social Transformation

Flavia Bustreo

World Bank

Date Written: December 2015

Abstract

This special issue of the Health and Human Rights Journal constitutes another step on the path toward making the case for human rights-based approaches (HRBAs) to health. In 2003, the United Nations (UN) outlined the pillars of an HRBA to development, which include universality and inalienability, indivisibility, interdependence and interrelatedness, non-discrimination and equality, participation and inclusion, and accountability and the rule of law. Since then, leaders from national governments and UN agencies have repeatedly emphasized the need to operationalize human rights and incorporate them into the implementation of policies, programs, projects, and other health-related interventions with a view to enhancing effectiveness. Nevertheless, implementation efforts regarding HRBAs to health and development have faced, and continue to face, multiple challenges, including some degree of miscommunication and polarization between different fields, where the imperatives of health and human rights are not always seen as complementary and rights imperatives are misconstrued to ignore all concerns regarding cost-effectiveness. Even for sympathetic actors and institutions, there is a need to gather sufficient evidence of the impact of human rights to be persuasive to policymakers, donors, and the public alike.

Suggested Citation

Hunt, Paul and Yamin, Alicia Ely and Bustreo, Flavia, Making the Case: What is the Evidence of Impact of Applying Human Rights-Based Approaches to Health? (December 2015). Health and Human Rights Journal, Vol. 17(2) (2015), Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3795599

Paul Hunt

University of Essex - Human Rights Centre ( email )

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Alicia Ely Yamin (Contact Author)

Harvard University - Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics ( email )

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Harvard University - Harvard Law School ( email )

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Chr. Michelsen Institute (CMI) - Center on Law and Social Transformation ( email )

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Flavia Bustreo

World Bank ( email )

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Washington, DC 20433
United States

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