OHCHR publications, reports and resources on the right to health

General comments

General Comment No. 14 on the highest attainable standard of health (2000), The Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights: a look at the wide range of socio‑economic factors that help people lead healthy lives, the obligations of States to make this possible, implementation, and violations of the right to health

General Comment No. 15 on the right of the child to the highest attainable standard of health (2013), The Committee on the Rights of the Child: guidance for governments to support them in respecting, protecting and fulfilling children's right to health

General Comment No. 22 on the right to sexual and reproductive health (2016), The Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights: support for governments to ensure every individual's enjoyment of the right to sexual and reproductive health

General Comment No. 25 on science and economic, social and cultural rights (2020), The Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

OHCHR reports

Universal health coverage and human rights (2019): This report by the High Commission for Human Rights outlines some of the key human rights challenges of extending universal health coverage and offers a human rights perspective on universal health coverage.

Contributions of the right to he­alth framework in achieving the health-related Sustainable Development Goals (2018): This report by the High Commissioner for Human Rights looks at how international standards on the right to health can help address challenges in implementing the health-related Goals.

Mental health and human rights (2017): This report by the High Commissioner for Human Rights contains recommendations for improving the quality of mental health services, putting an end to involuntary treatment and institutionalization, and creating policies that help persons with mental health issues realize their human rights.

Fact Sheets and Guides

The Right to Health, Fact Sheet No. 31, OHCHR/WHO (2008): key aspects;  common misconceptions; how this right applies to specific groups such as women, persons with disabilities, children, migrants; and the duty of governments to respect, protect and fulfil this right
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A Human Rights-Based Approach to Health, OHCHR/WHO (2008): the importance of integrating human rights standards and principles like participation, non-discrimination, and accountability into health policy creation
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OHCHR Human Rights Indicators: A Guide to Measurement and Implementation (2012): guidance for policymakers to measure progress in implementing international human rights norms and principles
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Other resources

UN Interagency Task Force on Non-communicable Diseases (UNIATF): more than 40 organisations working together to support governments in responding to non-communicable diseases (NCDs)

UNIATF Policy paper on non-communicable diseases and human rights (2017): Applying human rights to the NCD response

Responding to non-communicable diseases during and beyond the COVID-19 pandemic: Produced by the World Health Organization and the United Nations Development Programme, this UNIATF position paper is for governments, policy-makers, UN agencies and development partners. It highlights how to build back better and suggests key human rights actions in ensuring non-communicable diseases are not left behind in the COVID-19 pandemic response.

Universal Human Rights Index: facilitates access for states, NGOs and civil society to human rights recommendations made by the 3 key pillars of the UN human rights protection system

Global Strategy: a roadmap to ending all preventable deaths of women, children and adolescents within a generation, and ensuring their well-being

Human rights in the new Global Strategy (BMJ 2015): a summary of suggested human rights interventions under the Global Strategy