My Thoughts/My Surgical Practice| Volume 220, ISSUE 2, P294-295, August 2020

A right to surgery: Navigating global surgery through a human rights lens

      Health is a basic human right. The United Nations’ Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948 first laid forth that “Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social services".
      • Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights
      The Right to Health.
      The Declaration stemmed from the unprecedented human rights violations occurring during the Second World War, including the lack of comprehensive medical services and attacks on health care facilities. Since, the 1966 International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR) solidified the right to health, which, today, has become widely recognized within the human rights discourse.
      • Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights
      The Right to Health.
      Nevertheless, health and access to health care remain some of the most elusive goals in modern society, with widespread inequities between and within countries.
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