The growing convergence of development, human rights and the right to health

In an April 2011 report, the UN Special Rapporteur on the right to health set out an analytic framework for understanding the right to health.  His report also underscored the important role human rights play in securing the basic conditions necessary for living with dignity.

 

 

The report also notes that “securing a certain level of health-related development is a prerequisite for the overall economic development of a country.”

It explains that “in Africa, it is estimated that the HIV/AIDS pandemic has reduced the economic growth rate by between two to four per cent continent-wide. Similarly, it has been estimated that the long- term negative effects of malaria result in a decrease in gross national product of up to 1.3 per cent in certain affected regions.”

Overall, the report provides a clear and comprehensive analysis of some vexed issues.

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