Alicia Yamin, a Global Fellow of the Centre on Law and Social Transformation has been appointed Senior Fellow of the Global Health and Rights Project(GHRP) at Harvard University.
The project will work to promote the theorization of the “right to health”, and study how this right is applicable under both international and domestic law. How can using the human rights framework be a tool in advancing global health justice?
“It’s important to say that I see GHRP not as a platform for human rights cheerleading, but rather as a space, and opportunity, to engage in critical reflection on many of the assumptions and methods that have guided human rights work as it relates to health” says Yamin to the interviewee from the Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy.
Yamin points to three principle challenges for promoting justice in the health law policy:
- Health has to be recognized as a legal right
- The right to health must be reflected in the institutions and how they prioritize
- It must be shown that treating health as a right can contribute to fairer health systems, more just societies, and help to curb global health inequity.
We congratulate Alicia with this wonderful appointment, and look forward to the findings of the project. See how Alicia explains the link between Health, Human Rights and the Sustainable Development Agenda in the video below
These three videos were developed by the Global Health Education and Learning Incubator in collaboration with human rights lawyer Alicia Ely Yamin.
Part 1 of 3: Alicia Ely Yamin walks us through a brief history of human rights, and how that struggle has developed over the last century.
Part 2 of 3: Alicia Ely Yamin walks us through issues of health in human rights through the late 1990s.
Part 3 of 3: Alicia Ely Yamin guides us through the Millennium Development Goals, the Sustainable Development Goals, and the role of changing global priorities from the early 2000s until present day.
Direct Link: https://vimeopro.com/gheli/human-rights-series
This teaching pack on health and human rights was developed by the Global Health Education and Learning Incubator in collaboration with human rights lawyer Alicia Ely Yamin. It introduces students to this interdisciplinary topic through a series of three videos, in which Yamin uses narrative to introduce the concepts of health and human rights, explain how they are related to each other, and articulate why they matter in today’s world.
The videos are accompanied by tools for further learning, including an annotated bibliography, glossary of terms, timeline of key events, and factsheet on universal health coverage.
Video series: https://vimeopro.com/gheli/human-rights-series
Introduction to Human Rights: In the first video, Yamin explains what human rights are and why they are important for everyone around the world.
A Brief History of Health and Human Rights: In the second video, she offers a brief history of health and human rights since World War II.
Health, Human Rights, and the Sustainable Development Agenda: In the third video, Yamin describes how health-related human rights developed during the era of the Millennium Development Goals (2000-2015) and the Sustainable Development Goals (2016-2030). The series concludes in video three by considering the vital role that human rights plays in diverse political environments.
Health and Human Rights: Teaching Pack