Medical care is a human right, and the US health care system falls far short. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, adopted by the United Nations with strong US engagement, specifically lists adequate medical care as a human right (Article 25).Tomorrow, President Obama will address a joint session of Congress to press our Senators and Representatives to advance meaningful health care reform.
Senator Jim Webb recently opined in the New York Times that we can't afford to ignore Myanmar (the official name of Burma since 1989). The senior Democratic senator from Virginia rightly calls for increased engagement with Burma, but for all the wrong reasons.
Women's health and human rights are finally being promoted and protected by PEPFAR---thanks to the efforts of activists like you. In the 2010 annual PEPFAR Country Operational Plan (COP) guidance to the field, the Obama administration urged country teams to promote greater coordination between HIV/AIDS programs and family planning and reproductive health.
The debate that pits AIDS funding against other global health funding (for maternal mortality, malaria, etc.) rages on. Just last week, a Boston Globe op-ed began by saying AIDS has received tens of billions, but chronic, non-communicable diseases like cancer are becoming more deadly, without a similar monetary commitment from the US---as if there should be some kind of trade off, with one getting less and another getting more.
This video was part of the December 2008 Physicians for Human Rights tribute to Senator Kennedy for his leadership on the right to health. We are saddened to learn of his death. Our condolences to his family and loved ones.