E-news, November 2012

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WMA adopts resolution on forced/coerced sterilization

Friday, 30 November 2012

For over two years IFHHRO has campaigned against forced and coerced sterilisation of women. We are pleased to announce that the World Medical Association (WMA) has now adopted a resolution on this issue, which is partly based on our position statement. The draft resolution was submitted to the WMA by the British Medical Association earlier this year. After the resolution on Access to Adequate Pain Treatment, this is the second WMA resolution following an IFHHRO initiative.

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Bahrain: health workers convicted to prison sentences

Thursday, 29 November 2012

On 21 November, 23 health professionals in Bahrain were sentenced to three months in prison on charges of illegally gathering during Arab spring protests in 2011. Five others were acquitted. IFHHRO member Physicians for Human Rights (USA) has expressed its disappoint with this verdict, and is urging the Bahraini government to reverse the convictions, restore the health workers to their jobs and compensate them for the time they lost. "None of these health professionals belongs in prison."

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Health financing in the context of the right to health

Thursday, 29 November 2012

The Special Rapporteur's annual report to the UN General Assembly focuses on health financing in the context of the right to health. According to the Rapporteur, Anand Grover, full realization of the right to health is contingent upon the availability of adequate, equitable and sustainable financing for health, at both the domestic and international levels. Focusing on domestic funding, the report addresses three critical areas: 1) how States ensure adequate funds are available;2) how these funds are pooled; and 3) how funds and resources are allocated within health systems towards ensuring universal access.

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The right to family planning

Thursday, 29 November 2012

The UNFPA State of World Population Report 2012 focuses on people's human right to family planning. Due to lack of appropriate information and services, a large portion of the world's population cannot choose if and how many children they will have. Also, many women still die carrying their baby or giving birth. The report, By Choice, Not By Chance: Family Planning, Human Rights and Development calls on all governments to fulfill their commitments and obligations to the 222 million women and girls who currently want to control the spacing and timing of pregnancies but have no access to modern contraceptives.

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Update IFHHRO online training manual

Thursday, 29 November 2012

In the past month, we have added new session plans and suggestions for training programmes to the IFHHRO online training manual Human Rights for Health Workers. Exercises and a suggestion for a two-day training programme related to our successful publication Steps for Change – a human rights action guide for health workers are the latest updates. Almost all exercises are made available in Russian, Spanish and French as well.

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India: Patients' group manages to prevent patent on Hepatitis C drug

Thursday, 8 November 2012

In the beginning of November, the Bench of Intellectual Property Appellate Board in India set aside a product patent by Roche for Pegasys (a medicine used to treat Hepatitis C) on an appeal filed by a patients' group. According to Anand Grover, the Special Rapporteur on the Right to Health, this victory will likely lower the prices of this medicine, from which millions of people suffering from Hepatitis C, both in India and globally, will benefit.

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