Free Human Rights Course, July 2015

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A free nanocourse* on health and human rights will be held at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in July 2015. The short course will focus on the region sometimes referred to as the “Global South”: Latin and South America, Africa, Eastern Europe, the Middle East, and Asia.

Most states in the Global South have ratified international human rights treaties that recognize the right to health. However, in practice many people have no access to health services and facilities. They cannot enjoy the minimum conditions to maintain a healthy life and are often neglected by state policies and programs.

This course aims to provide a general overview of what the right to health entails, how a state may be proactive at tackling a health issue or may violate these rights. Also covered are strategies that have been developed at the national and international levels by civil society, scientists and practitioners to make the right to health real, more effective and accessible to everyone, including the most vulnerable groups in society.

The course will address cases of tuberculosis in Peru, Roma women and forced sterilization in East European countries, health of detainees in Latin America, and HIV-AIDS in Botswana, among others. It will also address problems pertaining to availability of resources, equality, non-discrimination, appropriate remedies and enforcement of health rights.

To that end the nanocourse course brings together scholars and experts from different continents and countries to discuss current issues concerning health in the context of human rights.

Course Lecturers

  • Clara Burbano-Herrera , LLB, MA, PhD
    Fulbright Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, FXB Center for Health and Human Rights, Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health
  • Raabya Rossenkhan, MSc, PhD
    Post-Doctoral Fellow, Immunology and Infectious Diseases, Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health

Guest Speakers

  • Camila Gianella, MSc, PhD
    Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, University of Bergen, Norway
  • Diana Goretty Oviedo, MSc, PhD, Research Fellow, National University of Colombia, Colombia
  • Margareta Matache, MA, PhD
    Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, FXB Center for Health and Human Rights, Harvard T H Chan School of Public Health

For more details about the course please contact or See the course flyer.

*Space is limited. Register at