New publication on the Human Right to Health and Global Politics

Date: 15 February 2018

Introduction: Rachel Mary Hammonds, member of the law and development research group The Human Right to Health and Global Health Politics

The Human Right to Health and Global Health Politics
This chapter discusses how the human right to health could be and has been used to
influence global health politics to place greater emphasis on the interests of all people. It
explores whether this right is a norm to which states adhere, or could adhere, because
they identify with its underlying values. Three important obstacles are addressed. Global
HIV/AIDS activism used the right to health to pressure influential states into compliance
on concrete measures and therefore defined an important element of the human right to
health. Earlier attempts to use this right to influence global health politics failed to
advance similarly concrete measures. Those who want to use the right to health in
support of universal health coverage should understand the strengths and weaknesses of
this tool and advocate for concrete measures rather than broad principles.

The Human Right to Health and Global Health Politics
Gorik Ooms and Rachel Hammonds
The Oxford Handbook of Global Health Politics
Edited by Colin McInnes and Kelley Lee
Subject: Political Science, Public Policy Online Publication Date: Feb 2018
DOI: 10.1093/oxfordhb/9780190456818.013.30



Link: http://www.oxfordhandbooks.com/view/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780190456818.001.0001/oxfordhb-9780190456818-e-30