Mobilizing for the Right to Health and Health Care
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This chapter addresses efforts to secure the right to health care through community practice. It depicts the importance of different forms of community practice to the realization of the human right to health and health care. The authors link the conceptual framework of community practice, focusing on political and social action, with human rights-based mobilization for health and health services. Emphasis is placed on the importance of fostering broad-based participation in social and political campaigns to affect policy change. Community practitioners can help assure the participation of local groups in mobilizing for rights-based approaches to health care. Grassroots participation is also seen as integral to developing programs and policies responsive to local communities, and in promoting accountability and transparency in health care provision through broad public engagement. The chapter outlines what the human right to health and health care means and describes the US government position on the human right to health and health care. We also highlight prominent examples of efforts to challenge the dominant framework of health care-as-commodity to illustrate how local, community-based mobilization can further the realization of human rights.