The Human Right to Health

The Human Right to Health

by Jonathan Wolff
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0393063356

ISBN-13: 9780393063356

Pub. Date: 02/20/2012

Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.

Few topics in human rights have inspired as much debate as the right to health. Proponents would enshrine it as a fundamental right on a par with freedom of speech and freedom from torture. Detractors suggest that the movement constitutes an impractical over-reach. Jonathan Wolff cuts through the ideological stalemate to explore both views. In an accessible,

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Few topics in human rights have inspired as much debate as the right to health. Proponents would enshrine it as a fundamental right on a par with freedom of speech and freedom from torture. Detractors suggest that the movement constitutes an impractical over-reach. Jonathan Wolff cuts through the ideological stalemate to explore both views. In an accessible, persuasive voice, he explores the philosophical underpinnings of the idea of a human right, assesses whether health meets those criteria, and identifies the political and cultural realities we face in attempts to improve the health of citizens in wildly different regions. Wolff ultimately finds that there is a path forward for proponents of the right to health, but to succeed they must embrace certain intellectual and practical changes. The Human Right to Health is a powerful and important contribution to the discourse on global health.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780393063356
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
02/20/2012
Series:
Amnesty International Global Ethics Series
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
5.60(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.00(d)

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Table of Contents

Introduction: The Human Right to Health Dilemma xiii

Chapter 1 The Universal Declaration of Human Rights 1

Background 1

Declarations, Covenants, and Constitutions 5

Progressive Realization and Core Obligations 9

Chapter 2 The Human Right to Health and Its Critics 13

Rights, Humanitarianism, and Power 13

Rights and Human Rights 16

Philosophical Challenges 18

General Comment 14 27

The Human Right to Health in Practice 35

Chapter 3 HIV/AIDS and the Human Right to Health 39

The Awakening of the Human Right to Health 39

HIV/AIDS Discovery and Response 41

Access to Treatment 53

HIV/AIDS and Haitians in the United States 59

The Global Spread of HIV/ATDS: Africa 67

The Hidden Cost of Treating HIV/AIDS 85

Conclusion 86

Chapter 4 Problems and Prospects 92

The World Bank and Health Systems 94

TRIPS and the Price of Medicines 100

The Health Brain Drain 108

Research Ethics 114

Maternal Mortality and Newborn Survival 123

Conclusion 128

Chapter 5 Where Next? 130

Emerging Campaigns 130

Governance and Activism 132

Conclusion 137

Notes 141

Further Reading 161

Bibliography 165

Acknowledgments 179

Index 181

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