Access to health information for dead people

September 23, 2019


Today is the International Day of Sign Languages. Access to health information for deaf people is critical for their health and survival. Human Rights Watch documented in several countries that communications barriers have interfered with deaf people’s right to health, starting with the difficulty in getting health information in an accessible format. In addition, when medical staff rely on family members or friends to communicate effectively with deaf people, this affects their right to privacy.

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