May 4, 2017

Human Rights

Skin conditions especially in Africa have received little or no attention and resources despite their magnitude and impact on both economic development and quality of life. Some skin diseases often result in lifelong disabilities and deformities and sometimes even cause death examples are Scleroderma, Lupus…

Human-Rights-LogoHuman Rights – Freedom from discrimination, Right to Health, Right to work, Right to dignity of human person, Right to life are fundamental to health.

A human rights-based approach Human rights are a set of entitlements, which apply to all human beings. A human rights-based approach is guided by human rights standards and principles. It requires that health interventions support the capacity of duty bearers (primarily government authorities) to meet their obligations and of affected communities to claim their rights.

The Right to Health

The right to the highest attainable standard of health (‘the right to health’) is recognized in several human rights treaties and national constitutions. Moreover, the right to health is closely related to and contingent on several other human rights. Development efforts often need to be cross-sectoral and include economic, social and political interventions.

The contents of the right to health have been clarified by the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights in General Comment 14. The right to health extends not only to timely and appropriate health care, but also to the underlying determinants of health (i.e. access to education, clean water, housing, etc.).

The right to health calls for immediate and targeted steps to be taken to progressively ensure that health services, goods and facilities are available, accessible, acceptable and of good quality. A human rights-based approach requires that the interventions and processes in response to neglected tropical diseases (skin diseases) are guided by human rights principles, such as participation, nondiscrimination and accountability.

Participation

People are entitled to participate in decisions that directly affect them, such as the design, implementation and monitoring of health interventions. Participation should be active, free and meaningful, and include affected women, men, boys and girls. Specific attention must be focused on people living in poverty and other vulnerable groups.

This we are mindful and particular about while in our creative lab discussing and creation different productions.

Non-Discrimination

States have an obligation to ensure equality and non-discrimination in laws, policies and the distribution and delivery of resources, health services and underlying determinants of health. This requires identification and targeting of vulnerable groups. Authorities need to take steps to ensure that prevalence data, mass drug administration and facility-based treatments are available for all at-risk populations.

Children and women are disproportionately affected by some neglected tropical diseases (skin diseases) and may face additional barriers to seeking and receiving treatment. Women also tend to suffer more severely from social stigma. Dissemination of information is necessary for awareness-raising, and for impeding stigmatization, which is both a cause and consequence of skin diseases.

Extracts from A Human Rights-Based Approach To Neglected Tropical Diseases

Human Rights as Social Change

Human Rights are not only an effective way to bring about social change; they are also an indicator of a state’s governmental administration, such that they also constitute an indicator of social change. From this perspective, the challenge is to achieve social change wherein the enjoyment and exercise of human rights are in full force.

It is important to remember that human rights, besides being a legal category, must be understood as a social construction that has been developed and demonstrated in many different ways throughout human history.