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Using international human rights law to improve child health in low-income countries: a framework for healthcare professionals

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Bernadette Ann-Marie O'Hare, Delan Devakumar, Stephen Allen

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Abstract

The Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights states that the right to health is closely related to, and dependent upon, the realization of other human rights, including the right to food, water, education and shelter which are important determinants of health. Children’s healthcare workers in low income settings may spend the majority of their professional lives trying to mitigate deficiencies of these rights but have little influence over them. In order to advocate successfully at a local level, we should be aware of the proportion of children living in our catchment population who do not have access to their basic rights. In order to carry out a rights audit, a framework within which healthcare workers could play their part is required, as is an agreed minimum core of rights, a time frame and a set of indicators.
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Original languageEnglish
Article number11
Number of pages7
JournalBMC International Health and Human Rights
Volume16
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Publication statusPublished - 30 Mar 2016

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  • Human rights, Children, Health professionals, Health, Duty bearers

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