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Health Care in the CEDAW

Article 12: of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) stipulates, in relation to Health Care, that all countries are required to eliminate discrimination in the field of health care. Women should be ensured equal access to health care services, including family planning. States must also ensure that women receive appropriate services relating to maternity, including free services where needed, and adequate nutrition.

Health Care in 2011

United States views on international law (based on the document “Digest of U.S. Practice in International Law”): On June 1, 2011, at the United Nations Human Rights Council, the United States provided an intervention in response to a report issued by Special Rapporteur on the Right of Everyone to the Enjoyment of the Highest Attainable Standard of Physical and Mental Health Anand Grover. U.N. Doc. A/HRC/RES/17/25. The U.S. intervention is excerpted below and available in full at (internet link) state.gov/s/l/c8183.htm.

Developments

The United States and other countries have long agreed that all people everywhere have “the right to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of health.” …

However, we do not agree with all of the human rights conclusions started in [Special Rapporteur] Grover’s report. This “right to health framework” is not well-defined, nor, even more importantly, is it necessarily beneficial to the advancement of the two purposes at stake here, human rights and public health. We would prefer to see the Special Rapporteur adopt a different approach to his mandate that advances these crucial purposes.

Any approach must use evidence-based objective evaluations. Evidence-based decision-making is critical for transparency and accountability. While human rights considerations are significant to health policy decisions, they must complement and not replace fact-based decision-making.

Although we disagree with many of the report’s conclusions, we appreciate the human rights analysis of treatment of people with HIV/AIDS.

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At the United Nations Human Rights Council on September 16, 2011, U.S. delegate Amy McGann delivered a statement, entitled “States Must Give Priority Attention to the Health Situation of Older Persons,” in a panel discussion on the right to health of older persons. That statement is excerpted below and available in full at (internet link) geneva.usmission.gov/2011/09/16/health-situation-of-older-persons/.

More about the Issue

…While the right of everyone to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health applies not only to older persons, but to persons of all ages, in general older persons have increased health concerns. …

The United States has strong laws, policies, and programs in place aimed towards establishing and protecting the rights, dignity, and independence of older persons. Four pieces of legislation—the Social Security Act, Medicare, Medicaid, and the Older Americans Act—form the foundation of economic, health, and social support for millions of seniors, individuals with disabilities, and their families. These programs have enabled millions of older Americans to live more secure, healthy, and meaningful lives.

Health Care in 2011

United States views on international law (based on the document “Digest of U.S. Practice in International Law”): Our approach in the United States is consistent with the United Nations Principles for Older Persons and their goal of ensuring that states give priority attention to the situation of older persons. The United Nations Principles state that older persons should have access to health care, services, and appropriate institutional care, as well as the opportunity to enjoy their human rights.

Tuberculosis Cases Cured Under Dots (in the Human Development Area)

In this context, Tuberculosis Cases Cured Under Dots means:

the percentage of estimated new infectious tuberculosis cases cured under DOTS, the internationally recommended tuberculosis control strategy.

Tuberculosis Cases Detected Under Dots (in the Human Development Area)

In this context, Tuberculosis Cases Detected Under Dots means:

the percentage of estimated new infectious tuberculosis cases detected (diagnosed in a given period) under DOTS, the internationally recommended tuberculosis control strategy.

Tuberculosis Cases Prevalence (in the Human Development Area)

In this context, Tuberculosis Cases Prevalence means: the total number of tuberculosis cases reported to the World Health Organization. A tuberculosis case is defined as a patient in whom tuberculosis has been bacteriologically confirmed or diagnosed by a clinician.

Challenges and Implications of Health Literacy in Global Health Care, the Law and other Social Sciences

This article explains the perspectives on health literacy; trends and issues with health literacy; and the challenges and implications of health literacy in global health care. Health literacy concerns the knowledge and competences of patient to meet the complex demands of health in modern health care. Providing effective patient information means acknowledging, understanding, and overcoming barriers to health literacy that physicians, health professionals, and patients might experience. Health literacy affects health behavior and the use of health services, thus affecting health outcomes and health costs in the health care organizations. The benefits of health literacy improvement include improved communication, greater adherence to treatment, greater ability to engage in self-care, improved health status, greater health care efficiency, and cost savings to the health care systems.[1]

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  • International Human Rights
  • Economic Rights
  • Social Rights
  • Cultural Rights
  • Health Care

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  • Social Protection
  • Social Security
  • Employment Affairs
  • Welfare State
  • Health

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Notes and References

  1. Kijpokin Kasemsap, “Challenges and Implications of Health Literacy in Global Health Care” (Encyclopedia of Information Science and Technology, 4th Edition, Information Resources Management Association, 2018)

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