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We believe that there lies a huge potential in the health professions that could be mobilized for the promotion and protection of human rights.

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How to use human rights to address problems in your own healthcare institution


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Experienced professionals in the field of health on the role of human rights in their careers



Turkey: New law prohibits fired doctors to work in private sector

On 10 November 2018, IFHHRO sent a letter to the President of the Grand National Assembly of Turkey, Mr Binali Yildirim, urging the Assembly to withdraw a new bill approved on 6 November. The bill allows the exclusion of doctors who lost their jobs under the State of Emergency Law Decrees, from employment in private hospitals working in contract with the Social Security Agency. The law also means exclusion of newly graduated doctors without ‘security clearance’.

In the letter, Adriaan van Es (IFHHRO Secretary) states: “Expelling thousands of doctors through this law, and depriving millions of people from appropriate medical care, is a violation of the Right to the Highest Attainable Standard of Health (General Comment 14 of Art 12 in the UN Convention of Economic, Social and Cultural Rights), of which Turkey is a party. Exclusion of doctors without ‘security clearance’ is in violation of medical neutrality and the World Medical Association Declaration of Geneva.”

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Declaration of Astana

At the recent Global Conference on Primary Health Care in Astana, Kazakhstan, the UN Member States unanimously agreed to the Declaration of Astana to strengthen their primary healthcare systems as an essential step toward achieving Universal Health Coverage. The Declaration of Astana reaffirms the historic 1978 Declaration of Alma-Ata.
“Today, instead of health for all, we have health for some,” said Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO). “We all have a solemn responsibility to ensure that today’s declaration on primary health care enables every person, everywhere to exercise their fundamental right to health.”



Young people with disabilities excluded from healthcare

Young people with disabilities are largely excluded from education and health services, discriminated against in their communities and trapped in a cycle of poverty and violence. Especially girls with disabilities bear the brunt of these violations. According to a 2018 UNFPA report, they face up to 10 times more gender-based violence than those without disabilities.

Source: https://www.unfpa.org/publicatio…/young-persons-disabilities