The UN Special Rapporteur

IFHHRO actively supports the mandate of the UN Special Rapporteur on the enjoyment of the highest attainable standards of physical and mental health, also known as the Right to Health. In 2002, the United Nations appointed for the first time a Special Rapporteur on the Right to Health, Prof. Paul Hunt from New Zealand. He was requested to work in cooperation with States, inter-governmental organisations and civil society; to report on the status of the Right to Health around the world; and to make recommendations on appropriate measures to promote and protect this human right.

In 2014, the UN Human Rights Council appointed Dainius Puras, a psychiatrist from Lithuania, as the third Special Rapporteur. His predecessor was Anand Grover from India, who served from 2008 to 2014. 

More on the UN Special Rapporteur (on the IFHHRO Right to Health Wiki)

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.