IFHHRO

The International Federation of Health and Human Rights Organisations stimulates international cooperation between health and human rights organisations worldwide. The Federation currently consists of 31 member and observer organisations from various countries.

Institutional members are associations of health professionals interested in human rights work, human rights groups which address health-related violations of human rights or organisations that have been created to mobilise health professionals for the protection of human rights. Since 2010, IFHHRO membership is also open to individuals.

IFHHRO promotes the monitoring of health-related human rights, including the Right to Health. We focus on the important role of health professionals in this regard.

We believe that there lies a huge potential in the health profession that could be mobilised for the promotion and protection of human rights, by applying medical expertise. To increase the involvement of doctors, nurses, paramedics and other health workers, we stimulate international cooperation between health and human rights organisations in various countries.

 

 

Latest News

  • Torture in health-care settings

    careOne year ago, in March 2013, the Special Rapporteur on Torture Juan E. Méndez presented his thematic report on abusive practices in health-care settings to the Human Rights Council. A new publication released by the Center of Human Rights & Humanitarian Law (Washington College of Law, American University, March 2014) compiles articles from prominent experts commenting on this thematic report.

     
  • Protection of health workers, patients and facilities in times of violence

    arrestIn November 2013, the Center for Public Health and Human Rights at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health brought together some 20 experts on the issue of attacks on health workers and health care. They convened in Bellagio, Italy to take stock of the current situation and identify improvements. A short report of this meeting is now available online.