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Human Rights in Health Equity: Cervical Cancer and HPV Vaccines
American Journal of Law and Medicine, (2009)
  • Joanna N. Erdman, Dalhousie University Schulich School of Law
Abstract
This article seeks to demonstrate that health equity, as an empirical and normative concept, is reflected in the human rights to health and equality under international law. The obligations on government that flow from health equity as a human right are then examined. These include the obligation to act in pursuit of health equity as a policy objective, and the obligation to enact measures to ensure health equity as a policy outcome. These obligations are considered in relation to a promising remedial measure for social disparities in cervical cancer: HPV vaccines.
Keywords
  • health equity,
  • cervical cancer,
  • vaccine,
  • human papilloma virus vaccination,
  • HPV,
  • human rights,
  • health policy
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Publication Date
2009
Citation Information
Joanna N. Erdman. "Human Rights in Health Equity: Cervical Cancer and HPV Vaccines" American Journal of Law and Medicine, Vol. 35 (2009) p. 365 - 387
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/joanna-erdman/17/