The right to health: illusion or possibility?

Vimla Nadkarni and Kriti Vikram

in Social work and global health inequalities

Published by Policy Press

Published in print September 2009 | ISBN: 9781847421951
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447303541 | DOI:
The right to health: illusion or possibility?

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Principles of human rights and social justice are fundamental to social work. This chapter argues that while, for more than 60 years, diverse international instruments have asserted that health is a human right, for this to become a reality much has to be done to ensure that all citizens have access to the social, political, economic, and cultural determinants of health beyond the proximate medical determinants. It illustrates examples of the barriers to achieving the right to health and of campaigns to secure health rights, mainly from India. The chapter also discusses the link between social work and health rights, health and human-rights violations against women and children, and the right to health equity. It concludes with a consideration of the place of social work in this struggle.

Keywords: India; human rights; social work; health; women; children; health rights; health equity; human-rights violations

Chapter.  4839 words. 

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