IAS–Lancet Commission on Health and Human Rights
“This newly formed Commission seeks to interrogate the key questions facing both global health and human rights in a world of complex transnational threats and challenges, from climate change to COVID-19, equity in access to healthcare and the ways to address the many communities excluded from current health and development debates. We feel the time is now to develop a more inclusive vision that can embolden efforts to realize the right to health for all.”
~ Adeeba Kamarulzaman & Chris Beyrer – Commission Co-Chairs
The International AIDS Society–Lancet Commission on Health and Human Rights was formally launched on 24 March 2021 with a Comment in The Lancet, titled “Human rights and fair access to COVID-19 vaccines: The International AIDS Society–Lancet Commission on Health and Human Rights”.
Charged with being bold, fresh, innovative and challenging to advance thinking on health and human rights, the Commission will explore the following key questions:
- What is the future of the health and human rights framework?
- How can the health and human rights framework be revitalised and reinvigorated to achieve healthy communities?
- What domains of the health and human rights framework are most relevant for ensuring robust health systems and universal access to prevention and care?
The Commission seeks to strengthen and expand health and human rights efforts to include emerging areas that have an impact on the right to health. The findings from the Commission are expected in 2022.
“As members of the newly established International AIDS Society–Lancet Commission on Health and Human Rights, we are dismayed at how little attention has been given to human rights in discussions of access to COVID-19 vaccines. This must change.” Read the Commission’s inaugural Comment
, “Human rights and fair access to COVID-19 vaccines” (The Lancet, 24 March 2021)