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Does ratification of human-rights treaties have effects on population health?

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dc.contributor Faculty of Health Sciences, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, BC, Canada.
dc.creator Palmer, Alexis
dc.creator Tomkinson, Jocelyn
dc.creator Phung, Charlene
dc.creator Ford, Nathan
dc.creator Joffres, Michel
dc.creator Fernandes, Kimberly A
dc.creator Zeng, Leilei
dc.creator Lima, Viviane
dc.creator Montaner, Julio S G
dc.creator Guyatt, Gordon H
dc.creator Mills, Edward J
dc.date 2009-06-06
dc.date.accessioned 2017-01-31T07:17:45Z
dc.date.available 2017-01-31T07:17:45Z
dc.identifier Does ratification of human-rights treaties have effects on population health? 2009, 373 (9679):1987-92 Lancet
dc.identifier 1474-547X
dc.identifier 19501746
dc.identifier 10.1016/S0140-6736(09)60231-2
dc.identifier http://hdl.handle.net/10144/99356
dc.identifier http://fieldresearch.msf.org/msf/handle/10144/99356
dc.identifier Lancet
dc.identifier.uri http://dspace.mediu.edu.my:8181/xmlui/handle/10144/99356
dc.description Human-rights treaties indicate a country's commitment to human rights. Here, we assess whether ratification of human-rights treaties is associated with improved health and social indicators. Data for health (including HIV prevalence, and maternal, infant, and child [<5 years] mortalities) and social indicators (child labour, human development index, sex gap, and corruption index), gathered from 170 countries, showed no consistent associations between ratification of human-rights treaties and health or social outcomes. Established market economy states had consistently improved health compared with less wealthy settings, but this was not associated with treaty ratification. The status of treaty ratification alone is not a good indicator of the realisation of the right to health. We suggest the need for stringent requirements for ratification of treaties, improved accountability mechanisms to monitor compliance of states with treaty obligations, and financial assistance to support the realisation of the right to health.
dc.language en
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dc.title Does ratification of human-rights treaties have effects on population health?

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