Health, Human Rights, and Ethics

Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics 10 (3):335-335 (2001)
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Public health and human rights are complementaryapproaches to protecting and promoting human well-being and dignity. Public health addresses the needs of populations and seeks, through intervention and education, to prevent the spread of disease. Enshrined in international law, human rights describe the obligations of governments to safeguard their citizenry from harm and to create conditions where each individual can achieve his or her full potential. Human rights norms lie at the core of public health theory and practice, and their enforcement can help to ensure an equitable distribution of health resources



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