Health and Human Rights

Indigenous peoples' right to health

There are an estimated 370 million indigenous people living in over 70 countries worldwide. They present a rich diversity of cultures, religions, traditions, languages and histories yet they continue to be among the world's poorest and most marginalized populations.

In both poor and industrialized countries in which they live, the health status of indigenous peoples is invariably lower than that of the overall population.

Through a number of World Health Assembly (WHA) resolutions, WHO is mandated to devote special attention to protecting and promoting the right of indigenous peoples to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of health.

For an overview of WHO's work on indigenous peoples' health, click here:

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