Strategies

The International Federation of Health and Human Rights Organisations includes organisations of different sizes and profiles, and unites these organisations based on the allegiance of the right-based approach to health, the urgent need of mobilization of health professionals for human rights, and mutual support in the face of threats to health professionals who advocate health-related human rights. 

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), a rights-based approach to health means “integrating human rights norms and principles in the design, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of health-related policies and programmes.” IFHHRO promotes a rights-based approach to health as a strategy for structural improvement of the health situation of vulnerable groups. Such an approach addresses social factors of inequalities in health, the responsibility of governments to reduce these inequalities, and the legitimate claim of health consumers and providers for a better health system.

In order to fulfill our mission of mobilizing health workers for the worldwide progressive realisation of health-related human rights, we have identified the following strategies:

  1. Promoting a rights-based approach to health
  2. Policy influencing, mainly through the drafting of policy statements
  3. Promotion of human rights education for medical students and health professionals

Latest News

  • Rights-related policies adopted at the latest World Medical Association General Assembly

    conferenceDelegates from more than 50 national medical associations attended the annual General Assembly of the World Medical Association (WMA) in Chicago from 11 to 14 October. Some of the rights-related issues discussed were hunger strikes, armed conflict, access to health care, child abuse, and fair medical trade.

     
  • Complicity of doctors in forced anal examinations

    complicityDoctors, medical professionals, and national medical associations should heed the World Medical Association's October 2017 resolution to end forced anal examinations on people accused of homosexual conduct, Human Rights Watch states. The General Assembly of the World Medical Association (WMA) condemned the use of forced anal examinations to seek evidence of consensual homosexual conduct.