The World Health Organization (WHO): The Health and Human Rights Relationship

Denise Jurow, MS, CNM

ABSTRACT
As world leaders debate the relevancy of the United Nations (UN), the World Health Organization (WHO) presents as more relevant than ever. WHO's role as the world's health authority places it in a position to co-ordinate all aspects of global human rights issues annexed to health issues. WHO has spent the last 50 years in near avoidance of authority but now is rebounding from that position. Identification of the events that occurred to effect this evolution will be discussed. The identification by WHO that global health cannot be fully achieved without addressing basic human rights is applicable to all aspects of health care delivery and should guide the way we deliver care and set policy locally.

KEYWORDS
World Health Organization, global health, evidenced-based medicine, infectious disease, tobacco, HIV/AIDS, smallpox, tuberculosis, plague, cholera, quarantine, maternal mortality, human rights, non-government organizations

This article has been peer-reviewed.

 

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