History, principles, and practice of health and human rights

Lancet. 2007 Aug 4;370(9585):449-55. doi: 10.1016/S0140-6736(07)61200-8.


Individuals and populations suffer violations of their rights that affect health and wellbeing. Health professionals have a part to play in reduction and prevention of these violations and ensuring that health-related policies and practices promote rights. This needs efforts in terms of advocacy, application of legal standards, and public-health programming. We discuss the changing views of human rights in the context of the HIV/AIDS epidemic and propose further development of the right to health by increased practice, evidence, and action.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Health Policy / trends*
  • Health Services Accessibility / trends
  • Human Rights Abuses / legislation & jurisprudence
  • Human Rights Abuses / psychology
  • Human Rights Abuses / trends*
  • Human Rights* / psychology
  • Human Rights* / standards
  • Human Rights* / trends
  • Humans
  • International Cooperation*
  • Public Health / standards*