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Rethinking Human Rights by Kristina Bruno

In the last chapter of Paul Farmer’s “Pathologies of Power,” Rethinking Health and Human Rights, Paul Farmer suggests a new agenda for addressing human rights and its relationship to health. His suggestions include making health and healing a symbolic core of the agenda, making provision of services central to the agenda, establishing new research agendas, assuming a broader educational mandate, achieving independence from powerful governments and Bureaucrats, and securing more resources for health and human rights. Farmer ends his book with a powerful quote: “it is time to take health rights as seriously as other rights. Intellectual recognition is only a necessary first step towards pragmatic solidarity, that is, taking a stand towards taking a stand by the side of those who suffer most  from an increasingly harsh “new world order” (Farmer 246).

This book calls not only for education and recognition of the violations of human rights, especially in regards to one’s health, but also for us all to use that knowledge and act upon it to help those in need. There are people all over the world with both physical and mental health problems and deserve to be addressed. The structural violence that is hiding the causes behind these terrible conditions needs to be made visible. We all have the power to be a part of this revelation.

The website below is of a global health and human rights organization that works to build lasting access to health for excluded communities.



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  1. jennleeucla on said:

    Great post- I definitely agree that people all over the world with mental and physical health problems deserve to be addressed and we all have the potential to advocate global health and education.

    Through the readings and guest lecturers, students learned that human rights violations brings light to health and social crisises already in place, not limited to, living with the stigma of having HIV/AIDS, preventive and effective maternal care, the welfare of orphans, gender-based violence. Governments that ignore marginalized populations should be held accountable for human rights violations, for discrimination and stigma ignite the spread of diseases such as TB ,HIV, and AIDS, while preventing those from seeking or receiving proper medical attention.

    When Paul Farmer accuses the Russian prison system of writing off prisoners to tuberculosis because they are “untreatable” when they are really just “expensive to treat,” we are able to see a QALY analysis that has been terribly manipulated.
    In the first half of this class we talked extensively about DALYs and QALYs. Disability-adjusted life years measures the worldwide cost of a disease in terms of the life years lost to both death and disability. Quality-adjusted life years measures the relative value of one treatment against another.

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