The Right to Health: A Resource Manual for NGOs

The alarmingly low health status of millions of people in many developing countries is now recognised as a major obstacle to the process of development. In response, increasing numbers of non-governmental organizations are championing the right to health of the disadvantaged, vulnerable and those living in poverty. They are using the right to health in their struggle for access to quality health services, as well as the underlying determinants of health, such as safe drinking water and adequate sanitation. In other words, the right to health, and other fundamental human rights, are seen as a way of promoting development. In a clear style and accessible format, this unique, timely and practical Manual shows health professionals, their associations and other interested non-governmental organizations, some of the practical ways in which they can promote, protect and monitor the right to health in their communities and countries. It considers the obligations of states in relation to individuals within their borders, as well as the human rights responsibilities of states beyond their borders. As befits a human rights manual, it has a particular preoccupation with the right to health of the vulnerable, marginalized and otherwise disadvantaged groups and those living in poverty.