Advancing the Right to Health: The Vital Role of Law
This report aims to raise awareness about the role that the reform of public health laws can play in advancing the right to health and in creating the conditions for people to live healthy lives. By encouraging a better understanding of how public health law can be used to improve the health of the population, the report aims to encourage and assist governments to reform their public health laws in order to advance the right to health.
The report highlights important issues that may arise during the process of public health law reform. It provides guidance about issues and requirements to be addressed during the process of developing public health laws. It also includes case studies and examples of legislation from a variety of countries to illustrate effective law reform practices and some features of effective public health legislation.
Individual chapters available below.
Update: The summary guide was released in 2018 (download below). It summarizes and expands on the full report, including case studies and examples from developing and developed countries to highlight the law as a tool for public health.
Chapters (also available here: http://who.int/healthsystems/topics/health-law/health_law-report/en/):
Access or download report by chapters
Part 1: ADVANCING THE RIGHT TO HEALTH THROUGH LAW REFORM
Part 2: THE PROCESS OF PUBLIC HEALTH LAW REFORM
- Chapter 2: The context of public health law reform activities
- Chapter 3: Assessing the case for the reform of public health law
- Chapter 4: Building blocks for effective public health laws
- Chapter 5: Good governance in the process of public health law reform
- Chapter 6: Coordinated, intersectoral action to improve public health
PART 3: PRIORITIES FOR PUBLIC HEALTH LAW REFORM
- Chapter 7: Achieving universal access to quality health services
- Chapter 8: Clean water, sanitation and vector abatement
- Chapter 9: Monitoring, surveillance, and investigation of health threats
- Chapter 10: Controlling the spread of infectious diseases
- Chapter 11: Public health emergencies
- Chapter 12: Enabling environments to support healthy and safe behaviours
- Chapter 13: Tobacco control
- Chapter 14: Migration and retention of health care workers
- Chapter 15: Access to essential medicines, TRIPS and the patent system
- Chapter 16: Legal responses to poor nutrition: undernutrition, overweight and obesity
- Chapter 17: Maternal, reproductive and child health