Health and human rights must always go hand in hand. People have a right to healthcare, and to be treated with dignity and respect when they access it. Yet, harmful laws, policies and practices – including discrimination and abuse directed against health workers – too often prevent people from getting the care they need, and can cause serious mental and physical health harms.
Certain groups – including women and girls, those living in poverty, people with disabilities, migrants and displaced populations, and sexual and gender minorities – are more likely to experience abuses, and be exposed to harmful or degrading treatment and practices.
WHO is working with those involved in health – from policy-makers to health workers, patients and communities – to ensure we are all playing a role in protecting people’s human rights and dignity, and standing up to abuses whenever they occur.