Food for a thought to be dreamed every night
Human Rights Reader 302
Health: Not Charity, Not Merchandise: A Human Right. (part 1 of 2)
- Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in health care is the most shocking and inhumane. (Martin Luther King)
- Health is not a matter of merely personal interest, but a universal concern for which we all share some responsibility. (Dalai Lama)
- When the right to health is debated in national elections, we know this is an issue whose time has come. (Mary Robinson and Andrew Clapham)
The ultimate purpose of health systems is the health of the population; it cannot be anything other…and this we have to repeat to ourselves every day and have to dream it every night. (Asa Cristina Laurell)
1. To start with, let’s be clear: The intersection of health and human rights should take central stage when we seek a commitment for universal health coverage (UHC).
I have come to the conclusion that human rights must become a way of life for all of us. Our universal rights are actually a good framework to see the world and to understand our place in it. The idea of a 'way of life' sounds a little like religion, but it's without the hierarchy and disempowerment of others. For this to develop, we all must learn more about human rights and then spread the wisdom to others. Unfortunately, most of what I see about human rights is written by high-brow intellectuals for academia, or by UN experts writing for other experts. The people most in need of dignity by having their rights realised and respected must be able to understand, and to pass it on to others in a simple, more accessible language. So when I found this summary by Shulamith Koenig, I decided to put it online for people to read. Eleonor Roosevelt would agree.
In your hands, a document to learn and integrate into our daily lives. Read it out loud to re imagine and re craft a meaningful change for a new future. Moving from charity to dignity – free from fear and free from want. Recognizing the humanity of the other as our own, here's 30 points of dignity: