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HLTC05H3 Lecture Notes - Multiple Drug Resistance, Henry Gastineau, Death Flights

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HLTC05 WEEK 12 FALL 2012
Reading: Farmer & Gastineau “Rethinking Health and Human Rights: Time for a Paradigm Shift”
- Article 25 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights underlines social and economic
o Standard of living, food, clothing, housing, medical care and social services, right to
security in sickness, unemployment, widowhood, old age, or disability
o Russian Prisoners + TB
Drug Resistance, Over Crowing, Epidemic, Coughing
MDRTB(multi-drug resistant drugs) are not untreatable, just need to treat
with drugs
- A narrow legal approach to health and human rights can obscure the nature of violations,
thereby enfeebling our best responses to them
Pragmatic Solidarity: A Synergy of Health and Human Rights
- Public Health and Access to Medical Care are social and economic rights
- Farmer: I do not subscribe to cultural relativism when it comes to violations of human
dignity just because they are a long-standing tradition
- Violence against individuals is embedded in entrenched structural violence
- Pragmatic Solidarity: the raid deployment of our tools and resources to improve the health
and well-being of those who suffer this violence
- Solidarity: desire to make common cause with those in need
- We need to move from sentiments to actions
How Far Has the Human Rights Movement Come?
- Health and Human Rights is in its infancy
- International human rights is a modern phenomenon beginning with Nuremberg trials
- Torture: widely acknowledged as a norm against it, but most states still engage in it
- Unequal pay for work between developing and developed work
o Nike, Disney
- Haiti and Argentina
o Wednesday death flights
o Democratically elected leader 1990, military coup 1991
- Disclosure is the first step against impunity
- Health and Human Rights can provide a new angle that is desperately needed
Can One Merely Study Human Right Abuses?
- People don’t wish to be studied
- Studying people does it help them or the system?
- A placebo is a placebo is a placebo
- Spirit of service delivery makes all the difference
o Can be service delivery or pragmatic solidarity
o “There can be no peace of mind without peace for belly
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