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Title: Legal and Policy Framework for the Realization of the Rig Ethiopia: The Case of Persons Living with Podoconiosis, Wolayta Zone Southern Ethiopia ht to Health in
Authors: Kidus, Meskele
Advisors: Mizania Abate (LL.B, LL.M, Ph.D Candidate)
Keywords: The Right to Health
Human Rights Instruments
Copyright: Jan-2011
Date Added: 4-May-2012
Publisher: AAU
Abstract: Ethiopia has a significant number of people living with podoconiosis. Despite this, podoconiosis (endemic non-filarial elephantiasis) is one of the most neglected tropical diseases, and little is known of the socio-cultural impact of the disease in Ethiopia. In addition, the right to health of persons living with podoconiosis has been grossly neglected. Necessary healthcare and support services are frequently unavailable or inaccessible, while some human rights are denied within services where they do exist. This article explores the right to health as it relates to persons living with podoconiosis under international and regional human rights instruments, and issues affecting the realization of the right to health of persons living with podoconiosis in Ethiopia. It develops an analytical framework for the right to health, derived from General Comment 14 on the right to health of the United Nations Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights; and it applies this framework in the context of persons living with podoconiosis. Although the Constitution of Ethiopia does not explicitly recognize the right to health, Ethiopia has ratified international and regional human rights instruments which guarantee the right to health as a fundamental human right. Arguing that policy and legislative initiatives are a prerequisite to the realization of the right to health for persons living with podoconiosis, the paper explores the major obstacles through human rights perspectives, (including unavailability of health care facilities, goods and service, inaccessibility, stigma and discrimination). The study does this in the first instance by analyzing the extent to which the legal and policy framework protects this right in Ethiopia, and delimits the scope, contours and content of the right, with a particular analysis of the situation of podoconiosis patients in Ethiopia. Furthermore, the paper identifies some of the non-guaranteed rights of these patients; for instance the right to health, right to work, right to education and right to form a family.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/2590
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