Health and Human Rights



WHO Regional Offices

WHO Country Offices

United Nations Human Rights System

United Nations Agencies

  • Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS)
    This links directly to the UNAIDS human rights page. The web site highlights several topics including: human rights, ethics and laws; human rights and gender; stigma and discrimination.
  • Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)
    The High Commissioner for Human Rights is the official with principal responsibility for United Nations human rights activities. The Office of the High Commissioner is committed to working with other parts of the United Nations to integrate human rights standards throughout the work of the Organisation.
  • United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).
    This is the UNICEF web site on children’s rights and the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC). There are several UNICEF publications focusing primarily on the CRC and children’s rights.


  • Amnesty International Health Professional Network
    Comprises individuals, groups and networks of doctors, nurses, mental health specialists and other health professionals in more than 30 countries.
  • Center for Economic and Social Rights
    The Center for Economic and Social Rights (CESR) was established in 1993 to promote social justice through human rights. In a world where poverty and inequality deprive entire communities of dignity and even life itself, CESR promotes the universal right of every human being to housing, education, health and a healthy environment, food, work, and an adequate standard of living.
  • Doctors for Human Rights
    Doctors for Human Rights (DHR) is based in the UK with a global remit. It works to channel the humanity, influence and unique skills of the medical profession into securing worldwide observance of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other internationally recognised Human Rights standards.
  • Francois-Xavier Bagnoud Centre for Health and Human Rights (FXBC).
    This is the first academic centre to focus exclusively on health and human rights, combining the academic strengths of research and teaching with a strong commitment to service and advocacy. The FXBC centre operates at international and national levels through collaboration and partnerships with health and human rights practitioners, governmental and non-governmental organizations, academic institutions, and international agencies.
  • Health and Human Rights Info
    Health and Human Rights Info aims at making practical information and materials on health and human rights more easily accessible to health workers.
  • International Alliance of Patients' Organizations (IAPO)
    IAPO is a unique global alliance representing patients of all nationalities across all disease areas and promoting patient-centred healthcare around the world. It's membership consists of patients' organizations working at the local, national, regional and international levels to represent and support patients, their families and carers. IAPO's mission is to help build patient-centred healthcare in every country by realizing active partnerships with patients' organizations, advocating internationally with a strong patients' voice and building cross-sector alliances and working collaboratively with other stakeholders in healthcare.
  • International Council of Voluntary Agencies (ICVA) - Protecting Rights through Humanitarian Action Web pages
    The goal of this section of the ICVA web site is to serve as an on-line resource for all concerned with humanitarian action. The pages share information about training programmes, modules and manuals, practice guidelines, and other materials related to the interface between human rights and humanitarian action in an effort to help organizations avoid "reinventing the wheel" and to encourage creative new solutions. The Reference Group on Humanitarian Action and Human Rights (IASC) has engaged in several major projects to date, including a recent publication Growing the Sheltering Tree, a collection of field practices that promote and protect rights.
  • International Network for Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ESCR-Net).
    The ESCR-Net is an emerging coalition of organizations and activists from around the world dedicated to advancing economic, social and cultural rights. This web site contains four interactive, searchable databases (or directories) of organizations and individuals, project and activities, regional and domestic case law and events.
  • Physicians for Human Rights
    Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) promotes health by protecting human rights.
  • Program on International Health and Human Rights - Harvard School of Public Health
    The Program on International Health and Human Rights promotes practical and effective responses to global public health challenges through the innovative application of human rights. This is done through a combination of research, capacity building, policy development and health programming in a variety of areas focusing on HIV/AIDS, reproductive and sexual health, and child and adolescent health.
  • Right to Health Unit, University of Essex, UK
    This webpage provides information on the work that Professor Hunt has carried out in his capacity as Special Rapporteur, as well as the work of other staff at the Right to Health Unit, Human Rights Centre, working in support of the mandate.
  • World Medical Association (WMA)
    The World Medical Association (WMA) is a global federation of National Medical Associations representing the millions of physicians worldwide. Acting on behalf of patients and physicians, the WMA endeavours to achieve the highest possible standards of medical care, ethics, education and health-related human rights for all people.