Health and Human Rights in Ghana: The Political and Economic Aspects of Health Care

By Isidore Bonabom.

Published by Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, a book imprint by Common Ground Publishing

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Book: Electronic $US15.00
Book: Print $US40.00

Many of the people who can afford to pay for health care travel outside Ghana for medical care when they are faced with serious health problems. Public health care should not be about affluence; it is a human rights issue. This inevitable link between health and human rights is sometimes overlooked in the national discourses about public health and individual access to health care. This book examines the domestic legislation on the public health care system in Ghana. The analysis is situated within the provisions of international human rights treaties, the medium- to long-term consequences of some economic policies, the role of the traditional medicine system in public health care, the silent epidemic of the hepatitis B virus (HBV), and the human rights question in an age of HIV/AIDS in the country. State responsibility to respect, protect, and fulfil the right to health translates to many responsibilities for the citizens, not the least of which is providing the framework for good health delivery.

Book: Electronic (PDF File; 5.838MB). Book: Print (Paperback). Published by Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, a book imprint by Common Ground Publishing.

Dr. Isidore Bonabom

Research Fellow, Faculty of Law, University of Cape Coast, Cape Coast, Ghana

Isidore Bonabom is a Jesuit priest from Ghana and a research fellow in the Faculty of Law, University of Cape Coast. He holds postgraduate degrees in law and human rights from the London School of Economics (LSE) as well as a Ph.D. from the University of Sussex. His areas of special interest include rights-based approaches to law and policy-making, the construction of ‘the human being’ in international human rights law, and women’s rights in sub-Saharan Africa. He is the author of several articles on human rights and of two book chapters in Preserving the Universality of Human Rights (Libreria Editrice Vaticana, 2012) and AIDS: 30 Years Down the Line (Paulines Publications Africa, 2013).


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