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Health Equity, Social Justice and Human Rights

2nd Edition

By Fiona H McKay, Ann Taket


240 pages | 17 B/W Illus.

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This text demystifies systems set up for the protection and promotion of human rights globally, regionally and nationally. It explores the use and usefulness of rights-based approaches as an important part of the toolbox available to health and welfare professionals and community members working in a variety of settings to improve health and reduce health inequities.

Global in its scope, Health Equity, Social Justice and Human Rights presents examples from all over the world to illustrate the successful use of human rights approaches in fields such as HIV/AIDS, improving access to essential drugs, reproductive health, women’s health, and improving the health of marginalised and disadvantaged groups. Important links between health and human rights are increasingly recognised, and human rights can be viewed as one of the social determinants of health. A human rights framework provides an excellent foundation for advocacy on health inequalities, a value-based alternative to views of health as a commodity, and the opportunity to move away from public health action being based on charity.

Understanding human rights and their interrelationships with health and health equity is essential for public health and health promotion practitioners, as well as being important for a wide range of other health and social welfare professionals. This text is valuable reading for students, practitioners and researchers concerned with combating health inequalities and promoting social justice.

Table of Contents

List of illustrations

Case studies

List of contributors


List of acronyms

1. Introduction

2. The global human rights system

3. Regional human rights systems

4. National and sub-national human rights systems

5. Health equity and human rights

6. The rights of the child

7. Refugee Protection

8. Human rights for people with a disability

Joanne Watson, Kate Anderson, Patsie Frawley, and Susan Balandin.

9. Elimination of racial discrimination

10. Monitoring human rights

11. Responding to breaches of human rights

12. Advocacy for human rights

13. Conclusion

Note on sources

Appendix – the UDHR


About the Authors

Fiona H McKay is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Health and Social Development, Deakin University, Australia.

Ann Taket is Professor of Health and Social Exclusion in the School of Health and Social Development, Deakin University, Australia, and Director of the Centre for Health through Action on Social Exclusion (CHASE).

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
MEDICAL / Health Care Delivery
MEDICAL / Public Health
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Disease & Health Issues