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Realizing the Right to Health: How can a rights-based approach best contribute to the strengthening, sustainability and equity of access to medicines and health systems? 09 Nov - 14 Nov, 2012
SUSTAINABILITYRealizing the Right to Health: How can a rights-based approach best contribute to the strengthening, sustainability and equity of access to medicines and health systems?09 Nov - 14 Nov, 2012

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500

    Abstract

    Health is a fundamental right recognized in numerous international instruments, including the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Despite significant improvements, access to health care services - and, in particular, equitable access - remains a major challenge facing developing countries: the desire to achieve universal coverage and the pursuit of the right to health can conflict with resource constraints.

    Our aim will therefore be to review how health policy and decision makers can best set priorities to support the right to health. A human rights perspective does not imply unrealistic aspirations. It requires that countries do better next year than they are doing today, and demands more of high-income than low-income countries.

    We will explore the ways in which the human rights perspective and the health systems /development perspective may converge, as both require long-term strategies and planning, and both address participation, accountability, non-discrimination, and attention to vulnerable groups. We will also consider how to assess the true demand for health services by engaging patients in shared information and decision making, and how better measurement of needs and wants may shape whatever provision may be made available. Through this approach, health care may come to be seen as a knowledge-intensive service rather than a collection of highly trained people doing things to other people - a shift of perspective that can help to realize the right to health.

    Our two guiding questions will be:

    How can the rights-based approach contribute to the strengthening, sustainability and equity of access to medicines and health systems? And how can national and global health policy experiences contribute to the full realization of the right to health?

    Specific topics will include:

    1. Access to medicines
    2. The potential of IT to overcome major challenges, including assessing levels and distribution of access to medicines and health care.
    3. The use of information collaboratively with physicians in shared medical decision-making, ensuring respect for patient preferences in diverse contexts.
    4. Better alignment of health care provision with true demand for services through better measurement of wants and needs.
    5. The role of strategic litigation and judicial decisions in seeking redress in health policy.

    Participants

    The meeting is envisioned as being highly participatory, with a strong focus on building new insights, aggregating perspectives and experiences from different sectors, areas of expertise and regions. Participants will include diverse stakeholders, including health policy practitioners, development practitioners, human rights experts, members of the judiciary, representatives of the pharmaceutical industry, representatives of civil society and patients' organizations, IT community members, physicians, and academics.

    For information on registration, please contact John Lotherington, Program Director jlotherington@salzburgglobal.org

    Faculty

    FACULTY
    Jaime Bayona
    Public Health Advisor, The World Bank
    FACULTY
    Shoubin Chen
    Senior Adviser, Dartmouth Center for Health Care Delivery Science, Dartmouth College Hanover, NH
    FACULTY
    Leonardo Cubillos-Turriago
    Senior Health Specialist, World Bank Institute Health Systems Practice, Washington, DC
    FACULTY
    Tijana Duric
    Finance & Planning Director, GlaxoSmithKline, Brentford
    FACULTY
    Maria-Luisa Escobar Uribe
    Manager, World Bank Institute Health Systems Practice, Washington, DC
    FACULTY
    Mary Flanagan
    Sherman Fairchild Distinguished Professor in Digital Humanities; Director, Tiltfactor Laboratory, Dartmouth College, Hanover, US
    FACULTY
    Siri Gloppen
    Professor, Department of Comparative Politics, University of Bergen, Bergen
    FACULTY
    Margot Igland Skarpeteig
    Team Coordinator Rights and Social Equity, Norad, Oslo
    FACULTY
    Roberto Iunes
    Senior Health Economist, Worl Bank Institute Health Systems Practice, Washington, DC
    FACULTY
    Joseph McCarron
    Partner, Reos Partners, Cambridge, MA
    FACULTY
    Albert Mulley
    Managing Director for Global Health Care Delivery Science, The Dartmouth Institute
    FACULTY
    Lloyd Sansom
    Emeritus Professor, Division of Health Science, University of South Australia, Adelaide
    FACULTY
    Ellen Strahlman
    Senior Vice President, Office of the CEO, and Global Head, Neglected Tropical Diseases for GlaxoSmithKline
    FACULTY
    Zaid Hassan
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    Resource Specialists

    RESOURCE SPECIALIST
    Marilou Bradley
    Senior Operations Officer, The World Bank, Washington, DC
    RESOURCE SPECIALIST
    Felipe Estefan
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    RESOURCE SPECIALIST
    Daniel Lee
    Program Officer, The Dartmouth Center for Health Care Delivery Science, Hanover, US
    RESOURCE SPECIALIST
    Max Seidman
    Student Game Designer, Tiltfactor Lab, Hanover, US
    RESOURCE SPECIALIST
    Anne Winter
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