Changing Dynamics of Right To Health

Health in status quo has become the focus of the international community. The Covid19 pandemic has highlighted the necessity for an improved International legal structure to safeguard the right to health. The havoc created by the virus is alarming. The right to health lies within the broad umbrella of human rights, making it a very sensitive and critical issue. In recent years, there has been an attempt to interpret the term ā€˜healthā€™ from a holistic standpoint. Along with the obvious health facilities required for bodily and mental health, it also includes the requirement for a healthy society and environment for an individual’s growth. As a result, it includes the preservation of human rights and dignity, as well as an environment free of injustice, inequality, and security threats.

The global health concerns should not just cater to the spread of infectious diseases but also to global and domestic health inequalities, issues concerning access to healthcare and medicines, and the care for health in international and national emergencies and armed conflicts. Health equity, fairness in health or the ā€˜capability to be healthyā€™ is a key value that forms a core component of the human dignity of individuals.

Developing the health sector, like education, should be viewed as an asset-building endeavour. Enabling greater participation in nation-building and, as a result, the completion of the development cycle in which the state assists individuals in reaching their full potential by guaranteeing a holistically healthy environment, and individuals reciprocate with enhanced productivity and efficiency. To establish such a balance, international mechanisms that permit its accomplishment are required. The necessity of the hour is to develop and adopt higher health standards, as well as to strictly enforce them on a worldwide scale.

A comprehensive reform in terms of ideology, laws, finances, and technology is to be implemented. The embodiment of the actual meaning of the Right to Health should guide the development of legislation. A dual strategy to fight present health concerns, as well as preventive actions to counter prospective health problems, is required. Laws should be stricter in order to avoid future breaches such to those saw during the Covid era. The involvement of international organisations is crucial in enacting effective international health rules. There is vast potential in International Law as a mechanism to streamline the process of law making and implementing. Some legal standards are needed to be devised that are further enforced universally and if necessary, sanctioned, ensuring the right to health to every individual. A rise in state participation is advisable pertaining to the fact that health of a person individually and collectively is far more important and valuable than a stateā€™s mere political interest.

Furthermore, there is growing recognition that nations’ failure to fulfil international obligations at times may indicate a lack of capability rather than a lack of political will. Many nations, particularly poor ones, have significant challenges in implementing modern treaties due to resource and ability constraints. Recent advancements in the international legislation procedure have broadened the scope of mechanisms to address these local capacity issues through international technical and financial support programmes integrated into relevant conventions. The global community has to go a long way to attain adequate health standards that secure right to health to all.

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