Keynote address by Norman Daniels: Human Rights and Fair Priorities in Health

Date: Monday 20 August 2018
Time: 09:30-11.00
Place: Bergen Resource Centre for International Development, Jekteviksbakken 31, Bergen

The right to health aims to secure for all the highest attainable standard of
physical and mental health, but what when resource scarcity makes it impossible to provide optimal health care for the entire population? Can the right to health be useful in the pursuit of fair priorities in health, or does maximalist conception of health rights undermine efforts to advance justice in health? Should we, when prioritising health resources, use other standards for effectiveness and costs of treatment with regard to the medical needs of children? What does the obligation to ensure the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health mean for disabled children? And when should children have autonomy over decisions regarding their own health – for example regarding gender-affirming treatment, male circumcision or blood-transfusion?

The keynote lecture by Norman Daniels, will be followed by a roundtable on how to set fair priorities to children when allocating resources in health.