EDITORIAL “Equipping Practitioners”: Linking Neglected Tropical Diseases and Human Rights

Health and Human Rights
Volume 20, Issue 1, June 2018
http://www.hhrjournal.org/
Special Section on Neglected Tropical Diseases and Human Rights
in collaboration with Helen Keller International, USA and with financial support from Children’s Investment Fund Foundation, London, UK

EDITORIAL “Equipping Practitioners”: Linking Neglected Tropical Diseases and Human Rights
Joseph J. Amon and David G. Addiss
In 2007, Paul Hunt, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the right to health, and colleagues published a report entitled Neglected Diseases: A Human Rights Analysis. In introducing the report, the authors wrote:
   The human rights implications of neglected diseases, and the contribution that human rights can make to addressing neglected diseases, have not been given the attention they deserve. This report aims to equip practitioners with an understanding of human rights, how human rights abuses cause and result from neglected diseases, and how a human rights approach can contribute to the fight against neglected diseases.[1]
More than a decade later, the human rights implications of neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) are still only infrequently addressed, and there remains a need to “equip practitioners”—in both the NTD and the human rights fields—and to ensure that rights-based principles and approaches are examined and integrated into NTD programs. Seeking to expand this attention, the call for articles for this special issue of Health and Human Rights Journal asked NTD scholars and practitioners to share examples of how rights interact with NTDs and how current NTD programs respect, protect, and promote human rights…