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Paul Bywaters, Eileen McLeod, and Lindsey Napier

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9781847421951

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847421951.001.0001

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The right to health: illusion or possibility?

The right to health: illusion or possibility?

(p.23) 2 The right to health: illusion or possibility?
Social work and global health inequalities

Vimla Nadkarni

Kriti Vikram

Policy Press

Principles of human rights and social justice are fundamental to social work. This chapter argues that while, for more than 60 years, diverse international instruments have asserted that health is a human right, for this to become a reality much has to be done to ensure that all citizens have access to the social, political, economic, and cultural determinants of health beyond the proximate medical determinants. It illustrates examples of the barriers to achieving the right to health and of campaigns to secure health rights, mainly from India. The chapter also discusses the link between social work and health rights, health and human-rights violations against women and children, and the right to health equity. It concludes with a consideration of the place of social work in this struggle.

Keywords:   India, human rights, social work, health, women, children, health rights, health equity, human-rights violations

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