[Featured Resource] Advancing the Right to Health: The Vital Role of Law

The latest Featured Resource is “Advancing the Right to Health: The Vital Role of Law” which comes to us from The University of Sydney, The O’Neill Institute, IDLO, and World Health Organization.

More about Advancing the Right to Health: The Vital Role of Law:

This report aims to raise awareness about the role that the reform of public health laws can play in advancing the right to health and in creating the conditions for people to live healthy lives. By encouraging a better understanding of how public health law can be used to improve the health of the population, the report aims to encourage and assist governments to reform their public health laws in order to advance the right to health. The report highlights important issues that may arise during the process of public health law reform. It provides guidance about issues and requirements to be addressed during the process of developing public health laws. It also includes case studies and examples of legislation from a variety of countries to illustrate effective law reform practices and some features of effective public health legislation.

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Also, be sure to check out another resource uploaded this week focusing on health from @WalterFlores, which demonstrates the vital role of law in public health. You can watch this short documentary here: The Network of Community Defenders for the Right to Health in Guatemala.

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  • Health Authorities asking for some money

  • where is the destination of that money?

  • Those who cannot get the money and need the services, what methods can be applied so that they have access to their right of health?


  • Increase the number of Ambulances

  • Empower the community that it is the Government that provides public health funds(not them)

  • Before even going far to the central government, Educate the health authorities to focus on building good relationship between them and their patients so that they see they are dealing with their own families not foreigners/intruders

  • Reduce the distance of the health centers so that it comes just a short walking distance

  • Motivate some high profile individuals in the society to address the issue with the help of the defenders


Hi @AhmedMohamed

I think that is also a good balance of the current situation versus some recommendations that you have put forth. Maybe others could even weigh in. I know for a fact that service delivery (in Kenya even) is sometimes compromised by issues of financial motivation or rather corruption.