Right to Health and Development

Right to health includes both timely access to appropriate health care and related determinants of health such as access to safe and potable water, adequate sanitation, supply of safe food, nutrition and housing, healthy occupational and environmental conditions (including as a result of climate change), and access to health-related education and information, including on sexual and reproductive health.

Right to development is an inalienable human right by virtue of which every human person and all people are entitled to participate in, contribute to, and enjoy economic, social, cultural and political development, in which all human rights and fundamental freedoms can be fully realized.

Both the right to health and development is to be understood and supported within the local cultural context, taking into account the views of local civil society.

The right to health and development is closely related to and dependent on the realisation of other human rights, including the right to food, housing, work, education, participation, the enjoyment of the benefits of scientific progress and its applications, life, non-discrimination, equality, the prohibition against torture, privacy, access to information and the freedoms of association, assembly and movement.

hera believes that states, civil society and individuals should meet their responsibilities as rights holders and duty bearers of the right to health and development.

hera recognises that higher income countries have a duty to support lower income countries towards achieving the right to health and development. Such international cooperation should be based on sovereign equality and mutual respect.