Everyone has “the right… to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health.”
– International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, Article 12

Although the right to health is well-enshrined in international human rights treaties and declarations, as well as in national constitutions all over the world, the realization of health-related rights is far from achieved. Harmful laws, policies and practices routinely interfere with access to health care, particularly for poor and already marginalized populations. 

The right to health guarantee includes not only appropriate access to health care but also to the underlying social determinants of health such as clean water and sanitation, adequate and nutritious food supply, secure housing, and access to health-related education, including on sexual and reproductive health.

PHRGE’s Right to Health Program was launched in 2012 at the PHRGE Institute on Human Rights and the Social Determinants of Health. Since then, it has continued to foster collaboration between human rights and public health advocacy communities to address health outcome disparities and equal access to care. The Program also offers current students and graduates the opportunity to engage in research in this emerging field.