Advancing public health and health equity through human rights law
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Framework Convention on Global Health (FCGH) Alliance, Italy
ManuKahu Associates, Indigenous Consultancy, New Zealand
Health Equity Network of the Americas
Sustainable Health Equity Movement, Costa Rica
Publication date: 2023-04-27
Popul. Med. 2023;5(Supplement):A1668
This workshop will highlight the centrality of human rights law to advancing health equity and the important role it should take in public health policy. The workshop will offer proposals on ways that the law can create accountability around and improve implementation of the right to health, including a proposed treaty on the right to health, the Framework Convention on Global Health (FCGH). Advancing health equity requires working towards social justice and tackling inequality, which can be done through meaningful implementation of human rights, including the right to health. The workshop will consist of presentations and interactive portions throughout.  Participants in this workshop will learn about human rights law and principles from presenters from different parts of the world with expertise in health and human rights. Presenters will offer specific examples of ways that human rights law can help achieve the goals of public health, with a particular focus on health equity. Presenters will also provide clear proposals for the implementation of human rights, and the right to health specifically. This will include a focus on the FCGH proposal, advocacy strategies, and steps that participants and the constituencies they represent can take to advance those proposals. During this workshop, participants will engage with presenters in an interactive session to gain a deeper understanding of the topics and examples presented and how they may apply in their own countries and contexts. After participating in this workshop, attendees will be able to answer the question of why accountability around human rights is necessary to advance health equity and must be a public health imperative. They will also be equipped with specific examples of how right to health implementation advances public health. Finally, participants will leave the session with an understanding of key demands, the FCGH in particular, targets, and calls for action to shape and inform their advocacy.
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