About us

The International Federation of Health and Human Rights Organisations (IFHHRO) stimulates international cooperation between health and human rights organisations worldwide. The Federation currently consists of 31 member and observer organisations from various countries and is supported by numerous individuals. Our institutional members are associations of health professionals interested in human rights work, human rights groups which address health-related rights violations or organisations that have been created to mobilise health professionals for human rights protection. Since 2010, 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

  • Unfulfilled healthcare needs of migrant women care workers

    careOn November 21, a high-level panel at a meeting convened in Geneva will discuss a new WHO report entitled "Women on the Move: Migration, care work and health". Available data shows that a substantial and growing proportion of care work is being undertaken by migrants, the majority of whom are women. In Italy for instance, nearly 90% of home-based caregivers are foreign born. In this report, the World Health Organization (WHO) calls attention "to a global situation in which migrant women care workers buttress health systems in countries where there are shortfalls in healthcare provision, while their own right to health is eroded and their health care needs go unfulfilled." 

     
  • Why is adolescents’ health a human rights issue?

    ifhhroAdolescents face a myriad of threats to their right to health including violence, sexual assault, exploitation, trafficking, and harmful traditional practices. At the same time, they face multiple barriers to health services, including restrictive laws, unavailability of contraception or safe abortions; failure to ensure privacy and confidentiality; judgemental service provision, and discrimination. Our volunteer Tara Ornstein wrote an article about adolescents’ right to health for our website, explaining what the issues are and what health professionals can do to safeguard adolescents’ health and rights.