In September, the Alma Ata declaration , which wished "health for all in the year 2000" had 25 years ; in 2003, how far are we ? The right to health is a fundamental right laid down in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the International Convenant on economic, social and cultural rights.
It is indeed difficult to bring together all the conditions necessary for the full implementation of the right to health: wars, poverty, natural disasters are major obstacles. But these are not the only ones and the right to health is also a question of political responsibility on the part of governments, here as elsewhere.
Finally, beyond the inadequacies of national policies undertaken to implement the right to health, economic globalization in its present version multiplies the situations in which this right is flouted. Health is increasingly becoming a commercial service; the privatization of access to health care systems, the absence of health insurance, the blocking of the production of generic drugs are intensifying and the poorest have ever-less access to health care. The debate will deal with :
the right to health, a fundamental right - the main stages for the promotion of health : Alma Ata, Bamako, Millenium Goals ...
access to healthcare (1) : role of the international financial institutions
access to healthcare (2) : role of the WTO (TRIPs and GATS)
health of the most vulnerable populations : women, people with HIV-aids ...
the obligations of States and international organizations - challenges and strategies to make recognize the right to health