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Rights-Based Approaches to Public Health

Rights-Based Approaches to Public Health

by Elvira Beracochea
     
 

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Named a 2013 Doody's Core Title!

"With great timing, the editors of Rights-Based Approaches to Public Health offer a targeted and innovative strategy to combat global health problems. Balanced, comprehensive, and steeped in the historical traditions of human rights, the book persuasively moves the reader from abstract conceptions of inalienable human

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Named a 2013 Doody's Core Title!

"With great timing, the editors of Rights-Based Approaches to Public Health offer a targeted and innovative strategy to combat global health problems. Balanced, comprehensive, and steeped in the historical traditions of human rights, the book persuasively moves the reader from abstract conceptions of inalienable human rights to evidence-based, pragmatic solutions that highlight the systematic integration of human rights principles in human development work."--PsycCRITIQUES

"The human rights framework as eloquently described in this book offers a new way for us to think about how we approach our work: from deciding when and how to intervene, to how we plan, the goals we establish, and the metrics we use to gauge the success of our efforts. Public health instructors will find many of the chapters useful for illustrating, in very concrete ways, the link between human rights and public health, providing students (and practitioners) with a new framework for analyzing public health topics and for designing and evaluating interventions. Ultimately, civil rights and civil liberties are only of value when exercised. This book will contribute to the advance of human rights by leading increasing numbers of public health practitioners to advocate for, and promote, their realization."Score: 95, 4 stars --Doody's Medical Reviews

"Rights Based Approaches to Public Health provides a new perspective on addressing public health problems. It is an evidence based and cutting edge approach that provides important insights into solving ethical dilemmas. It is essential reading for anyone interested in ensuring health equity and justice."


Georges C. Benjamin, MD, FACP, FACEP
Executive Director of the American Public Health Association


"At root, those working in health and human rights are both animated by a similar concern: the well-being of individuals and populations. The book will be an invaluable asset to both communities as they work to achieve their common goal."

From the foreword by Paul Hunt

UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights to the Highest Attainable Standard of Health
(2002-2008)

Rights-Based Approaches to Public Health presents a variety of public health professionals who utilize rights-based approaches in their work, the challenges they face, and the lessons they have learned.

This expansive volume includes rights-based approaches with a variety of populations and across international settings. It explores environmental issues such as the right to clean air, water, and food. It examines the rights of the vulnerable, including women and children. It also includes work in difficult locations, such as prisons, high-conflict areas, and New Orleans post-Katrina. The useful tools and diverse case studies in this text provide the best models available for those interested in implementing or furthering a rights-based agenda.

Key Features:

  • Contains an overview of the key international documents regarding the right to health
  • Provides an exploration of the efficacy of rights-based approaches to health
  • Covers professional and ethical issues in rights-based approaches
  • Presents systemic and policy implications, including a rights-based approach to health care reform
  • Includes global case studies from a wide variety of noted organizations and practitioners

Editorial Reviews

Doody's Review Service
Reviewer: Babette J Neuberger, JD, MPH (University of Illinois at Chicago)
Description: This is a valuable contribution to the growing body of scholarship on the link between human rights and public health. The selected writings describe practical applications of a rights-based approach to public health and, in so doing, illuminate the significant differences between a rights-based approach and the conventional needs-based framework.
Purpose: By amassing in one book eight case studies and numerous articles covering the application of a rights-based approach to a range of public health topics, the authors have succeeded in drawing a roadmap for practitioners. The authors clarify that a rights-based approach triggers an imperative to act, and to act in a manner that addresses underlying factors contributing to public health problems rather than simply addressing (when resources are available) the most obvious needs of the moment. Critical indicators offer a guide for how we do our work - such as ensuring that target populations are involved in the effort and are empowered to participate, protecting the most vulnerable, and fostering a climate to redress power imbalances. The authors further delineate the responsibilities or duties of state actors within a human rights framework, again offering concrete examples of how to work with governmental authorities and, in some instances, how to empower them to act in partnership with the community. The programmatic work depicted in these collective stories breathes life into the numerous legal treaties recognizing civil rights and civil liberties. The treaties, which grew out of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights adopted by the U. N. General Assembly in 1948, form a globally-recognized ideal for humanity. It is only relatively recently that these rights have taken on meaningful form and have had an impact in the courts and in global civil society.
Audience: This book is of obvious and significant value to public health practitioners and soon-to-be practitioners (our students), in addition to those who are engaged in the scholarship of public health ethics. Law students and legal rights scholars will benefit from reading narratives describing the practical implications of human rights treaties. The authors have compiled the work of an impressive array of experts, including international legal scholars, academicians, physicians, and other professionals working in U.S. and international NGOs, who are at the forefront of adopting a human rights framework to guide their work. Most chapters provide abundant references for those desiring more in-depth information.
Features: The compilation of well-written articles describes how one might advance human rights in a wide variety of public health settings, including children's health, prisoners, environmental pollution, healthcare reform in the U.S., and healthcare delivery in developing countries. The chapters describe specific rights as well as specific obligations or responsibilities of the duty bearers (typically government or state actors, but also individuals), providing clear definitions of common terminology used in the literature.
Assessment: The human rights framework as eloquently described in this book offers a new way for us to think about how we approach our work: from deciding when and how to intervene, to how we plan, the goals we establish, and the metrics we use to gauge the success of our efforts. Public health instructors will find many of the chapters useful for illustrating, in very concrete ways, the link between human rights and public health, providing students (and practitioners) with a new framework for analyzing public health topics and for designing and evaluating interventions. Ultimately, civil rights and civil liberties are only of value when exercised. This book will contribute to the advance of human rights by leading increasing numbers of public health practitioners to advocate for, and promote, their realization. Those interested in supplementary reading are encouraged to review A Human Rights-Based Approach to Programming: Practical Information Manual and Training Materials (UNFPA, 2010; last accessed January 4, 2011: http://www.unfpa.org/public/publications/pid/4919). The training manual, authored by The Harvard School of Public Health's Program of International Health and Human Rights and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), offers guidance on the practical application of human rights, covering three main areas: population and development, reproductive health, and gender.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780826105707
Publisher:
Springer Publishing Company
Publication date:
11/01/2010
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Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
504
File size:
5 MB

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Meet the Author

Elvira Beracochea, MD. MPH, has over 24 years of experience as an international development project manager and coach in over 30 countries in Latin America, Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe and South Pacific. Her work centers on the right to health and ensuring the right to quality health services for every woman, man and child. She is a speaker, writer and consultant and founder, president and CEO of MIDEGO, Inc., a consulting firm that provides innovative global public health and international development solutions for reaching the Millennium development goals. She is a member of the International Human Rights Committee of the APHA.

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