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Feb. 10, 2016

Social solidarity and the right to health: essential elements for people-centred health systems

Region: Africa Scientific publication Strengthening governance and accountability, Creating an enabling environment Source: Health Policy and Planning

The right to health has been advanced as one of the key elements to creating pro-poor people-centred health systems (Hunt and Backman 2008; Gruskin et al. 2012). However, one of the challenges for realizing the right to health is the seeming conflict between public health utility and the entitlements afforded by a human rights approach to health. This dichotomy begs two sub-questions, both of which have relevance for building responsive health systems.