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
First global symposium on the right to health and health systems
A Salzburg Global Seminar – World Bank Institute Collaboration
In association with the Dartmouth Center for Health Care Delivery Science
- Director, Global Health Programs and Practice, The Dartmouth Center for Health Care Delivery Science, Dartmouth College, Hanover, US
- Senior Adviser, Dartmouth Center for Health Care Delivery Science, Dartmouth College
- Senior Health Specialist, World Bank Institute Health Systems Practice, Washington, DC
- Finance & Planning Director, GlaxoSmithKline, Brentford
- Manager, World Bank Institute Health Systems Practice, Washington, DC
- Sherman Fairchild Distinguished Professor in Digital Humanities;
Director, Tiltfactor Laboratory, Dartmouth College, Hanover, US
- Professor, Department of Comparative Politics, University of Bergen, Bergen
Margot Igland Skarpeteig
- Team Coordinator Rights and Social Equity, Norad, Oslo
- Senior Health Economist, Worl Bank Institute Health Systems Practice, Washington, DC
- Partner, Reos Partners, Cambridge, MA
- Director, The Dartmouth Center for Health Care Delivery Science
Professor of Medicine, Dartmouth Medical School, Hanover, US
- Emeritus Professor, Division of Health Science, University of South Australia, Adelaide
- Senior Vice President, Office of the CEO, and Global Head, Neglected Tropical Diseases for GlaxoSmithKline
Additional Session Support:
- Marilou Bradley, USA (Resource Specialist)
Marilou Bradley is a senior operations officer at The World Bank with more than 30 years of experience in the design, development, implementation and evaluation ...
- Felipe Estefan, USA/Colombia (Resource Specialist)
Felipe Estefan specializes on open government and citizen engagement. He is currently part of the open government cluster at The World Bank Institute. ...
- Daniel Lee, USA (Resource Specialist)
Daniel Lee is the program officer at Dartmouth Center for Health Care Delivery Science in Hanover, New Hampshire. He previously served as a presidential fellow for ...
- Max Seidman, USA (Resource Specialist)
Max Seidman is an undergraduate student at Dartmouth College studying engineering with a focus on invention and design. He is acutely interested in all forms of ...
- Anne Winter, United Kingdom (Resource Specialist)
Anne Winter is a managing consultant at Global Social Mobilization SA. She specializes in health and development communications, strategic planning, ...
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:
- Access to medicines
- The potential of IT to overcome major challenges, including assessing levels and distribution of access to medicines and health care.
- The use of information collaboratively with physicians in shared medical decision-making, ensuring respect for patient preferences in diverse contexts.
- Better alignment of health care provision with true demand for services through better measurement of wants and needs.
- The role of strategic litigation and judicial decisions in seeking redress in health policy.
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 email@example.com