Operationalizing Human Rights to Improve Health

Preventable maternal, child and adolescent mortality and morbidity remain high in many countries, and reflect deep inequities within and across population groups. 1,2 Systematic integration of international human rights standards and principles in laws, policies and programmes contributes to women’s, children’s and adolescents’ health and wellbeing. 3 Practical guidance is now available to assist countries in doing this. 4,5,6,7,8,9,10 This knowledge summary introduces the importance and added value of human rights standards and principles, and provides practical examples of human rights integration for women’s, children’s and
adolescents’ health along the life course, and across the policy cycle and in service delivery. For more in-depth information, readers are encouraged to consider carefully available guidance documents, and apply them in their own context and settings (see Box 1).

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