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Published by the FXB Center for Health and Human Rights at Harvard University by invitation from Open Society Foundations (OSF), this resource guide "has been designed to be a user-friendly, multi-purpose tool in advocating for health and human rights." Now in its 5th edition, the guide is intended for "a wide array of users, including health workers, trainers, program designers, litigators, and policymakers" or anyone working to defend and secure human rights.

According to the publishers, the guide can be used for many different purposes, including: collaborating with colleagues on strategy development; developing regional or thematic courses and trainings; educating other funders; identifying human rights claims; adapting the case examples in one's country; and conducting further research.

The introduction "provides a primer on the right to health and human rights, an introduction to human rights-based approaches to policy and programming, an introduction to human rights mechanisms, and general resources on health and human rights. The other nine chapters each focus on a different health issue or marginalised or vulnerable population." They are:

  1. Patient Care and Human Rights
  2. HIV, AIDS, and Human Rights
  3. TB and Human Rights
  4. Harm Reduction and Human Rights
  5. Palliative Care and Human Rights
  6. Children's Health and Human Rights
  7. Minority Health and Human Rights
  8. LGBTI [lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex] Health and Human Rights
  9. Disability, Health, Community Living and Human Rights

As stated in the resource guide, these are not an exhaustive list of health and human rights issues, but, rather, highlight priority programme areas of the FXB Center and Open Society Foundations.

Each of the chapters is then organised into the following six sections:

  1. How is this topic a human rights issue?
  2. What is a human rights-based approach to advocacy, litigation, and programming?
  3. What are the most relevant international and regional human rights standards related to this issue?
  4. What are some examples of effective human rights programming on this issue?
  5. Where can I find additional resources on this issue?
  6. What are key terms related to this issue?


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