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Legal and Policy Framework for the Realization of the Right to Health in Ethiopia: The Case of Persons Living with Podoconiosis, Wolayta Zone Southern Ethiopia

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dc.contributor.advisor Abate, Mizania (PHD)
dc.contributor.author Meskele, Kidus
dc.date.accessioned 2019-01-10T17:39:34Z
dc.date.available 2019-01-10T17:39:34Z
dc.date.issued 2011-01
dc.identifier.uri http://localhost:80/xmlui/handle/123456789/15631
dc.description.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. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Addis Ababa University en_US
dc.subject The Right to Health, Podoconiosis, Human Rights Instruments, Realization en_US
dc.title Legal and Policy Framework for the Realization of the Right to Health in Ethiopia: The Case of Persons Living with Podoconiosis, Wolayta Zone Southern Ethiopia en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US


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